FARMINGTON, N.M. - Thomas "Tom" Howard Peace of Aztec, N.M., passed away on Wednesday (June 29, 2016) in Farmington.
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He was born on May 28, 1923, to Theresa and Howard Peace in Patton, Pa. He was raised in Bradford at their house on Center Street with his three brothers Larry, Henry and Mike, and he graduated from Bradford High School in 1942.
After graduation, he served in the Army Air Force in World War II as an airplane armorer with the 39th Bomber Squadron on Tinian Island in the Pacific Theater. Tom served through the end of World War II after the Japanese surrendered and was honorably discharged on Jan. 3, 1946. Tom was a member of the "Greatest Generation," and proudly served to keep us all free.
After his discharge from the service, he worked as an electric lineman in Bradford and Warren, Pa. During that time, he met Violet Marks of Smethport, Pa., while she was attending nursing school in Bradford. They were married on Dec. 29, 1951. They lived in Columbus, Ohio, briefly and lived in Sheffield, Pa., for four years. They moved to New Mexico in 1958 and settled in Aztec, where they raised their four children. Tom continued working as an electric lineman until his retirement from the City of Farmington on May 30, 1986.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father; his three brothers; and his wife, Violet, who passed away in 2014. Tom is survived by his sons, Jeff (Martha), Jerry and Jim, and his daughter, Lorie Peace. He has six grandchildren, Michelle Kelton, Natalie Cordova, Jeffrey Peace, Wayne Peace, Jason Peace and Ashlie Maxwell. He was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren.
In honor of Tom's request, there will be no memorial service.
Published in The Bradford Era from July 4 to July 11, 2016