FORT LORAMIE — Thomas L. Bornhorst, 70, of Liberty Way, Fort Loramie, passed away unexpectedly at his residence Thursday evening, April 3, 2014. He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Fort Loramie, to Urban and Helen (Winner) Bornhorst.
Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret (Weems) Bornhorst. Tom and Margaret were married on Aug. 5, 1967, at St. Juliana Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also surviving are four sons: Kevin Bornhorst of West Palm Beach, Fla., Keith Bornhorst of Tampa, Fla., Matthew Bornhorst of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mark (Nicole) Bornhorst of Vernon, Conn.; two grandchildren: Graham and Meadow Bornhorst; two brothers: David (Maria) Bornhorst of Charleston, S.C., and Tony (Dina) Bornhorst of Dublin, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Katherine Weems of West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by both parents.
Tom was a 1962 graduate of the former Piqua Catholic High School, where he earned All-State merit in basketball and All-American merit in football. Tom went on to attend the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1966, with a degree in finance. During his time there, he played basketball for The Fighting Irish (or Notre Dame squad), obtaining three varsity letters and reaching the NCAA tournament in 1965. Tom concluded his scholastic studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he earned his master's degree in education. He had been a school administrator, math teacher and athletic coach in the Palm Beach County area for the greater part of his career, finally retiring in 2007.
Family, church, and community were very important to Tom. He loved fishing and camping with family and friends. He regularly attended St. Michael Catholic Church and was a member of the Fort Loramie Community Service Club. Reflecting his kind nature, Tom was affectionately known as a "gentle giant."
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or The Lake Loramie Improvement Association: P.O. Box 80, Minster, OH 45865. Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com