Thomas Edgar Hight, 66, of New Memphis, Ill., born Sept. 9, 1949, in St Louis, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Belleville, Ill.
Tom retired from JB Gury Co., in St Louis, Mo., as a machinist. He was a very devout and spiritual person, and made it possible for others to improve their lives through his generosity. Tom was a fantastic machinist; he could fix anything, make anything and came up with an easier way to do almost anything. He was also a skilled woodworker, metal worker, and carpenter.
Tom was not a people pleaser, but to the people he cared about he was very giving of his time and talents. He loved with every fiber of his being. He was honest and trust worthy beyond measure. Every project had to be perfect, no matter how large or small the job was. One of his favorite sayings was "details make the difference". He was very meticulous about any and every job or project. No detail was too small to be overlooked.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Richard W. and Arlene L., nee Langley, Hight; and his previous wives, Martha Hight, and Debbie Hight.
Surviving are his loving wife, June Richter-Hight; brothers, James D. (Sandy) Hight, Sr. of O'Fallon, Mo., and Rueben B. St Clair of Utah; sister, Sally S. Hight of St Louis, Mo.; best bud, Donny Santel of New Memphis, Ill.; special friends, Jim and Angie Zagorski of New Memphis, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members.
The family would like to thank the New Baden Fire Department and Ambulance Service, and the St Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Room staff.
The family requests that any floral tributes be perennials (bulbs) or a small shrub or bush that can be used to plant a memorial garden at his home.
We will never get over our loss, but we will get through it.
Memorials in Tom's name may be made to the New Baden Fire Department or Stray Rescue. Online condolences may be expressed at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 3, 2016