Thomas P. Meeks Sr.
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Great Fralls —Thomas Patrick Meeks Sr., 75, of Great Falls, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2014 at his residence. A Vigil Service at Our Lady of Lourdes will be held on Friday, July 4 from 11-1pm. The Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, July 5 at 1pm at Our Lady of Lourdes with the burial to take place on Monday, July 7th at Mt. Olivet cemetery at 2pm.
Tom Meeks was born October 31, 1938, in Browning MT, to Jay Meeks and Anita Hamby. Tom left high school early to enlist in the United Sates Navy in 1955 where he served his beloved nation until being honorably discharged in 1959. After this tour he met the love of his life Constance C. Kenney. They went on to marry and stayed madly in love for the next 54 years. Just a few years later in 1965, Thomas enlisted with the United States Air Force where he proudly served for another 4 years. From 2 separate tours of duty, Thomas retired as a veteran of 2 wars.
As a retired veteran, Tom worked in various occupations before finding his true passion in the funeral industry where he worked as a Crematory Operator and Funeral Assistant for many years. He will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues.
Tom was never afraid of hard work or dedicating his time to the community. He was on the State Board of Funeral Directors up until his death, 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, proud member of VFW, member of the police commission, devoted catholic who loved to help people in need.
As a young man he took pride as a saddle bronc and team roper. In his later years he loved to tell stories, listen to jazz and western music, he was an avid reader, and a fan of baseball. He was a proud father of 6 kids and above all he loved his family.
He is survived by a long line of loving family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anita and Jay Meeks, his brother Vern Meeks.
In lieu of flowers the family will like donations made to the Tyler Meeks brain cancer fund at gofundme.com782s2g and a basket will be made available at the service.
Condolences to the family may be shared at: www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 3, 2014