LIMA — Tommy E. Snurr Sr.,80, passed away July 14, 2014, at 8:30 pm, at St. Rita's Medical Center. Tommy was born November 28, 1933 to George and Erma (Hibner) Snurr who preceded him in death. On May 3, 1961 he married Evelyn Kurutz Snurr who survives in Lima.
He was born and raised in Lima, following graduation from high school, he served one year with the National Guard before enlisting in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he worked flight-line maintenance on aircrafts. When honorably discharged, he moved to Milwaukee where he met Evelyn and worked for AC Delco. He and Evelyn married in Milwaukee, they moved following his jobs, until his profession led him to the Kennedy Space Center. He worked there during the Apollo moon missions until leaving in 1978. He then moved his family back to Lima where he took employment with Lima Electric Co. before becoming a civil servant at the Lima Army Tank Plant where he performed quality control and acceptance on the MI Abrams tanks before retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Elks and Eagles, both in Lima. His free time was spent on the golf course, bowling alley, or in the casino. He attended St. Charles Catholic Church.
Survivors include his four children, Tommy E. (Tiffany) Snurr Jr. of Troy, Laura (Phillip) Maupin of Melba, ID, Lisa Lama of Ada, and Kenneth (Lynette) Snurr Sr. of Pompano Beach, FL; 11 grandchildren, Margaret, Drew, Cory, Perry, Andy, Matt, Mitch, Victor, Alex, Caitlyn, and Kenny Jr.; a great-granddaughter on the way; three sisters, Patricia Orick, Sandra Snurr, and Karen (Kruse) Andrews all of Lima.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Golden.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 18th at St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Steven Blum will officiate the service. Friends may call Friday, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriers Project. Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.