Growing up across the street from the DeChandts provided many exciting memories, from joining Tom & his father & brothers watching boxing on TV because we didn't have one, to playing rodeo cowboys for hours using real ropes. We graduated high school together & though we lost touch over the years, he made it a point to keep in touch with our family. He always smiled & was enthusiastic about life. We are saddened by his loss & extend condolences to his wife & family.
Tom grew up across the street from me in Mandan, ND. We did many things together (he taught me how to shoot a 30.06 among other things). I wrote to him during his service in Vietnam. While we lost contact for many years I was able to contact him in San Diego and a couple years ago my wife and I were able to have lunch with him in Las Vegas with his lovely wife and charming daughter. Tom will be missed... he was/is an active part of my growing up. Pleasant journeying, friend.
We were neighbors, growing up together from when Tom was a little boy. He was a cheerful, self-reliant kid, with his feet on the ground. He had a kind heart, a good sense of humor, along with common sense. It was a pleasure to see him and his family in the summer of 2013, when he came back to visit his old stomping grounds, and to see that his personality and character had remained solidly the same over the past 60-plus years. A life well lived. R.I.P. Condolences to his family from the Mandan McClellands.
I always admired Toms sense of humor and love of life. It was especially fun when he was with Bob each telling stories that made you laugh till you cried. He will be missed.
As a former classmate in Mandan, reconnecting with Tom and family was such a great experience. The time was way too short buddy! Dick and I will miss you tons!!
We were so very fortunate to have gotten to know Tom. He was truly one of a kind. He kept his wonderful sense of humor even though he struggled through many days. A remarkable and wonderful man, he will be fondly remembered. Barbro and Wendell Eastling, Las Vegas
Tom and I became friends about ten years ago. We had so many things in common – love of country, military service, law enforcement profession, genuine “screw ball” sense of humor, golf, loving wonderful wives, children and grandchildren. When we were both diagnosed with life threatening diseases, we became more deeply and spiritually connected. Tom was a great source of strength and courage for me, especially early on when it was hard to find a glimmer of light within the darkness of my disease. During our conversations, Tom's attitude and spirit were always positive and uplifting. I am grateful that I had a chance to know Tom and I miss him greatly. Last night I spoke to Tom and reminded him to keep looking down my way and that it was up to him to get the Tee time. Sylvia and Angel, we wish we could be there with you Chris and the girls. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Larry and Cheryl Runyon (Richland, WA)
Although I had lost touch with Tom & his family, I never stopped loving and respecting "tomidy". He always made me laugh. I still tell tales about coming home from school to find him and others playing pinball for doughnuts. Good times and great memories with Tom and his wonderful wife Sylvia and daughter "leeky" aka: Angelique . We will fish together again my friend.
30 years ago I met Tom and we immediately hit it off. We loved singing to the oldies (just to annoy Sylvia) and I always tried to one-up his never ending jokes.
His love for Angel and Sylvia was the brightest light that shined on us and his favorite title of Poopa was his greatest role of all.
I will miss this wonderful man and all the laughter he brought to so many.
Tom was a wonderful man who always exuded the very definition of warmth. I will remember him fondly, especially when he would walk in and proclaim he was looking for his young bride! I am so sorry for your loss and am sending love, prayers, and hugs to the entire family. We are all better people for having known him and he will be missed eternally.
Sorry for your loss. I will place your family in my prayer circle. God Bless, Valery Godino, a fellow Woman's Club of Summerlin member.
Tom was a super great person and friend. When someone like Tom becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.