Thomas Lee Laker

October 27, 1936 ‒ November 14, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thomas Lee Laker, age 79, of North Main Street, Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Morrow Manor in Chesterville. He was born on October 27, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Leo and Edna Mary (Thompson) Laker. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Nutrition from the Ohio State University in 1960 before joining the United States Air Force and serving as a First Lieutenant pilot. He later earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Xavier University and studied Catholic Theology and Moral Philosophy from Notre Dame University.

Thomas had been employed with Bayer Corporation and Pharmacia U.S. Inc. before becoming president and owner of Veterinary Innovations where he held two U.S. Patents. Thomas and his late wife Patricia also owned and operated High Hope Enterprises and took great enjoyment in owning and racing thoroughbred horses. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

He is survived by caregivers, Linda Petty of Marengo and Linda Dunnaway of Columbus and many friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Laker in 2009.

A graveside service with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond as Celebrant. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the friends of Thomas Lee Laker.

Memorial contributions in Thomas’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul School, 206 E. Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • I am very sadden to hear of the passing of my friend. I am honored to have known Mr. Laker and become his friend over the past several years. I am pleased to know that he will be receiving military honors. Thank you Fr. Hammond, the Knox Co. Joint Veterans Council and Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home for your great service to my friend, a well deserving Veteran. May you rest in peace with God, my friend and fellow veteran.