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Tom Messick passed away on Aug. 7, 2014 in Memphis, Tenn. with his children at his side. He was born on July 6, 1934 to Claude H. and Katherine Messick.
Tom served his country in the Navy and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard Reserves. He was a graduate of Montana State University and it was there he met and married Theresa "Teri" Johnson in 1959. Teri predeceased him in 2006.
For more than 20 years, Tom truly enjoyed working with students in his capacity as the career placement director at MSU. His pastimes included fishing, golfing and attending Bobcat football and basketball games. He was one of MSU's greatest fans! Tom's trademarks were his laughter, generosity and kindness to others. Mostly, his love for his family is how he'll be remembered.
Tom leaves his daughter, Vickie (Mike) Morrissey and his son, Steve (Liz) Messick; his five grandchildren, Andy, Dan, Kate, Sean and Amber; and his sisters, Sue (Don) Cahill and Betty (Herb) Kindsfater.
A private celebration of Tom's life will be held at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 13, 2014