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Thomas James Neukirch, 74, passed away on July 21, 2014 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was born to Melina (Mueller) and William Neukirch on July 20, 1940 in St. Louis, MO. He was attended to by his loving wife, Maria Dolores Neukirch at the time of his passing.

Thomas was an eight years veteran of the US Navy and US Coast Guard. He served most of his working life as a civil servant for the US Army as a logistics manager for army troops support command. After retirement, Thomas relocated from the Midwestern states of Missouri and Illinois to the Western states of Colorado and later New Mexico.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maria Dolores Neukirch of the family home; a brother, Larry and sister, Patricia, his four children, Elizabeth Lathrop of Bloomington IL, Gregory Neukirch of St. Louis, MO, Andrea Herries of Columbia, MO and Peter Neukirch of Kansas City, MO, their spouses and seven grandchildren; Alexander, Katrin, Alexis, Austin, Garrison, Roman and August. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Bob.

Thomas is remembered by many friends and family as hard-working, an avid reader and learned man, adventurous and ardent lover of dogs. Skilled in carpentry and woodcarving he constructed many projects for his homes. He enjoyed making friends at clubs such as the Geronimo Springs Woodcarvers of America Club. He enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, Beethoven being one of his favorites, and singing with a barbershop quartet in Pueblo, CO. He was a reflective man and guardian for all those he loved. He believed he was born under a wandering star and laid his footsteps in the path that he believed to be just and right. His favorite poem, reflective of who he was and who he tried to be comes from the "Man of la Mancha."
This is my quest – To follow that star;
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far!

To fight for the right, without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!

And, I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm,
When I'm layed to rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove with his last one of courage,
To reach the unreachable star.


At his request cremation has taken place and a military burial will be held by his family at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO at a later date.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 3, 2014
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