Tommy Jo Estep

November 28, 1982 ‒ March 07, 2020

Cardington, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Tommy Jo Estep, better known as “Tommy Bud”, age 37, of Cardington, died on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a recent illness.

On November 28, 1982, Tommy Jo was born in Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio, the son of Candice (Lewis) McCurdy and the late John Lee Estep.  He graduated from Mount Gilead High School.

For sixteen years, Tommy worked at McDonald’s on Delaware Ave. in Marion, where he worked the grill and was a custodian.  He was especially proud to have won an award from the Governor of Ohio for being such a great worker despite his disabilities.  He always came in early and worked late, and everyone at McDonald’s loved him.

Outside of McDonald’s, Tommy was a scary movie fanatic, collecting hundreds of horror movies over the years.  He was a gamer, playing video or board games for hours.  He loved watching WWE Wrestling, with his favorite wrestler being the “Undertaker”.  He enjoyed bowling and playing basketball with his friends.  He also loved going to demolition derbies, watching truck pulls, and listening to Janet Jackson.

Having a huge heart, Tommy Bud was one of the sweetest, most fun loving people you could ever meet.  He was always smiling, even on his worst of days.  He loved and cared deeply for his family and friends, and would give the shirt off his own back for anyone in need.

Tommy Jo will be dearly missed by his mother, Candy McCurdy of Cardington; two brothers: Edward Estep of Crawford County, and John (Tiffany) McCurdy of Marengo; two nephews and three nieces: Eric, Eva, James, Kamie, and Kaislee McCurdy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to join in a celebration of Tommy Bud’s life from 1 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the American Legion, 307 Park St, Cardington, OH 43315.  Interment will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery at 4 PM.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Tommy’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Candy I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I hope you find peace and comfort in his memories.

  • Tommy was a hard worker at McDonald’s. I knew him from there. We always spoke and I would tell him not to work too hard. He will be missed by the people he worked with and a lot of the customers.😢

  • Candy we are all going to miss Tommy but he will always be in our hearts as being his aunt Sandy I was blessed to had him in my life as I know you feel the same I love you

  • My Dear cousin,
    I hope your at peace and I’m thankful I got to know you and have shared great memories with you love you bub! God speed