Obituary

Carl C "Tommy" Tinstman Jr. (1922 - 2013)

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Tinstman, Carl C. "Tommy" Jr., age 91, of Middletown, Ohio passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 at Garden Manor Retirement Village.
Engineer, retired career transition consultant, and published poet, "Tommy" was born February 1, 1922, in Ford City, PA. In December 1942 he graduated from Case Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E.), and on May 1, 1943 he married Caroline J. Marvin.
They began their life together in Washington, D.C., the first of their twenty-one homes in fourteen cities in six states. During the WWII years he served as a Naval Reserve Officer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. Graduate studies in psychology led to the first of several management training and consulting positions.
During his forty-plus year career, he served his community on Chambers of Commerce, United Way, Scouting U.S.A., and PTA. Two of his many published poems, Poet's Mind and Choices, were included The Best Poets of 2000, a two volume anthology published by the International Library of Poetry. Many of his poems were published in other national and local publications. A highlight of his consulting career occurred in 1963 when he was in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a consultant with the US Agency for International Development. For most of his life, he "suffered" from four self-described incurable afflictions: optimism, idealism, romanticism, and altruism, as described in his poem, Incurable Afflictions.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline. "Mighty proud to be a Beta", he was also preceded in death by his brother and Beta Theta Pi brother, "Bob" Tinstman, Penn State '50.
Surviving family members include his older son and Beta brother, Carl C. "Terry" (Tinbet), Miami of Ohio '67. And the other children, Barbara Cluster of Canton, OH, and Jeffery Lee Tinstman of Santa Fe, New Mexico and grandchildren, Cynthia (Craig) Hendricks of Canton, OH, Kimberly (Chris) Hine of Lexington, MA, Lt. Commander Lance (Leah) Tinstman of Kaneohe, HI, Daniel (Amber) Tinstman of Orlando, FL and Anania (Sami) Girma of Denver, CO; great-grandchildren, Josiette and Alyssa Hendricks, Andrew and Austin Hine, Tyler Noah Tinstman, Adoni Sami Kefe, and Lance Tinstman, Jr.
Gifts in his memory to each donor's own charity will be acknowledged promptly by a member of his immediate family.
A Memorial Service in Carl's Memory will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.bakerstevensparramore.com.
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Mar. 30, 2013
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