Thomas G. "Tom" Olding, age 83, of Fort Recovery, passed away on May 8, 2020 at The Gardens at St. Henry.
He was born February 26, 1937, in Celina, to the late Joseph and Luella (Magoto) Olding. On February 16, 1963, he married Marlene (Franck) Olding, who survives.
Also surviving are his children, Terrence & Roslyn Olding of Fort Wayne, IN, Timothy & Julia Olding of Tucson, AZ, Aaron & Wendy Olding of Fort Recovery, Jennifer Olding of Coldwater and Ron Franck, Salamonia, IN, and Jane Olding and Josh Springer, of Fort Recovery; 13 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Olding of Fort Loramie and in-laws, Marvin & Pat Franck of Richmond, VA, Virgil & Margie Franck of St. Henry, Janice Bighouse and Sam Rosengarten of Fort Loramie, Maurice & Annette Franck of Celina, Wayne Franck of Celina, Alvin & Pam Franck of Celina, Ruth & Fred Wuebker of Fort Recovery, and Mary Beth & Bill Heckman of Osgood.
He was preceded in death by his infant twin brother, Jerome Olding, a sister, Patricia Olding, and in-laws, Paul Bighouse, Judy & Kumar Vakkalanka, Dutch Acheson and Jerry Brown.
Following graduation from Fort Recovery High School in 1956, Tom served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 in Germany.
Tom raised turkeys and operated Olding Hatchery, Fort Recovery for many years. He also delivered Airstream travel trailers across the country, having driven one of his trucks over one million miles. While in San Diego, CA, Tom visited his seventh grade teacher, Sr. Thomas Eleanor McNally.
He was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, where he sang in the church choir for over 60 years. Tom was a member of the American Legion Post 345 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6515, both of Fort Recovery. He was also a member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 3324, Fort Recovery. Tom enjoyed playing cards and bowling with his friends, and especially spending time with his family.
Due to COVID-19 a private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, with Fr. Ned Brown as celebrant. A live stream of the mass will be available at www.fortrecoverycatholics.org/streamspot/. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Fort Recovery, at the church following the funeral mass. Burial will take place at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions can be directed to the Veterans Plaza, Fort Recovery c/o The Fort Recovery Community Foundation, P.O. Box 52, Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846.
Condolences may be directed to www.brockmanboeckmanfh.com