Thomas P. “Tom” Ute, Jr.

February 29, 1960 ‒ August 12, 2008

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Thomas P. “Tom” Ute, Jr. 48, of West Main Street, Lexington, died Tuesday morning August 12, 2008 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following an apparent heart attack he suffered at his mother’s home.

Tom was born February 29, 1960 in Mansfield to Thomas P. Ute, Sr. and Phyllis M. Hershner Ute, was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1978, and earned his degree in electronics from DeVry Institute.

Always comfortable outdoors, Tom was an enthusiastic mushroom hunter. From 300 yards, he could spot the smallest of morels, ones no one else would ever see, hence his one nickname “20/20”.

A bit of a sports nut, Tom followed the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns, but spent more time not watching professional sports teams, but rather the teams of his daughters, nieces and nephews. Tom was on the sideline for most every baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball game of their careers. He was a big fan.

Tom had a big heart. He often exercised his ability to help others and extended his forgiving spirit. He will be remembered as a devoted son and dad, and great brother and uncle.

When his grandson was born last year, Tom became the world’s best Grandpa. No day was complete for Tom unless it included “grandpa’s boy,” either babysitting, a trip to the park or just some grandpa time. The little guy became the twinkle of Tom’s eye.

He is survived by his daughters Christina Ute of Muncie, Indiana, and Jennifer Ute of Bellville; his grandson Xander Thomas David Cyphers; his mother Phyllis Schumacher of Lexington; his father Thomas P. Ute, Sr. of Lexington; brothers and sisters William & Carman Ute of Bellville, Doug & Kory Ute of Prospect, Tami & Jason Streby of Union, Kentucky, and Patty & Cullon Owens of Lexington; maternal grandparents Ralph & Theola Hershner of Lexington; paternal grandfather Clinton Dodson of Shelby; and cherished aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Nellie Dodson.

The Ute Family will receive friends Thursday, August 14, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Brian Durbin will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Xander D. Cyphers Scholarship Fund may be made at the funeral home.

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