Thomas E. Schmelzer
LANCASTER: Thomas E. Schmelzer, 62, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Pickering House. He was born on July 10, 1951 to Donald E. and Betty L. Schmelzer.
Tom graduated in 1969 from Bishop Fenwick and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Construction was in his blood; at age 16 he began working for the family business, Schmelzer Construction. In 1995, he went to work for Renier Construction, in Columbus, where he was Senior Project Manager. His greatest joy was his family, especially being Papa to grandsons Alex and Will.
Tom is survived by his wife, Cathy Schmelzer; son, Kris (Ashley) Schmelzer; stepdaughter, Candi (Jared) Clevenger; grandsons, Alex and Will Schmelzer; also surviving are his mother, Betty (Paul) Sheets; siblings, Georgena (Rick) Ruth, David (Ava) Schmelzer, Kevin (Theresa) Schmelzer, Darlene (Mike) Yenrick, Cortland (Melissa) Schmelzer, Brianna Flint, Loren Schmelzer, Leslie (Anna) Schmelzer; stepsister, Paula (Tim) Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Patrick Schmelzer.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10:30 AM at the SHERIDAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Mark Raddatz officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Rose Cemetery. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, May 22 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FairHoPe Hospice Pickering House or the James' melanoma cancer research (#305923) in memory of Tom.
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