Thomas W. “Tom” Yannitell

September 24, 1941 ‒ March 31, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Thomas W. “Tom” Yannitell, age 67, of Marion, died Tuesday evening, March 31, 2009, at his home following a brave and graceful acceptance of his fate with pancreatic cancer.

On September 24, 1941, Tom was born in Marion, Ohio, the son of the late Joseph and Rebecca Dean (Mathews) Yannitell. He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1959.

Tom graduated from Valparaiso Technical Institute and worked 9 years at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. In 1972, Tom returned home to manage the Red Cab Company in Marion following the death of his father. He was most comfortable being known “as just a cab driver.”

Tom was a founding member of the Palace Cultural Arts Board, where he was instrumental in installing the organ and ensuring its upkeep. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 30 years.

Tom will be dearly missed by his wife, Becky Yannitell; two sons: Mark (Sabrina) Yannitell, and his children, Kristen, Sierra, Hayden and William; and Scott Yannitell of Marion, two step-children: David (Sharon) Love of Olympia, Washington, and their daughter, Katie Love, and Barbara Love-Davis (Steve Davis) of Marion; two sisters: Martha (Steve) Peterson of Perrysville; and Kathy (Jeff) Nameth of Asheville, North Carolina; former wife, Beth Yannitell of Marion; several nieces and nephews; and “a large diverse devoted group of friends.”

The Yannitell family will greet friends from 3 – 7 P.M. on Friday, April 3, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday with one hour of visitation prior to the service at 11:00 A.M with Rev. Craig Lewis officiating. A Red Cab procession will follow the service to the Palace Theatre Reception Hall for a meal in his remembrance.

Interment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to any local food bank or the charity of your choice.

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