HOUSE, THOMAS R., 75, of Louisville, died Friday, September 28, 2012 at Baptist Hospital East.
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Tom graduated from St. Xavier High School and entered the U.S. Air Force near the end of the Korean War. After his military service, he attended Bellarmine College and graduated from the University Of Dayton School Of Engineering. After graduation, Tom was employed as a radar field engineer on the Air Force Eastern Test Range having served on missile tracking stations on Grand Bahama Island and Grand Turk Island. Upon his return to the states, he was employed in radar engineering at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida supporting Cape Canaveral. He returned to Louisville for employment at the Naval Ordnance Station where he held many engineering and management positions. Upon retirement from Naval Ordnance, he was employed by the Technology Service Corporation supporting a U.S. Navy weapon system program office until he retired at the age of 69.
For a number of years, Tom was active in several community organizations including a Metro United Way Community Investment Team, Rubbertown Community Advisory Committee, the Naval Ordnance Environmental Restoration Advisory Committee, and the Sierra Club having served in both elected and appointed positions in the Louisville Group and the Cumberland Chapter. He was a member of the Kentucky Society of Mayflower Descendants, Order of Founders and Patriots of America, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest T. House and Thelma L. Schmitt.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine L. (Brown) House; his daughters, Rachael K. House (Jonathan Elders) and Sara L. House; his grandsons, Brandon T. House and Robert P. Elders; his granddaughter, Katherine L. Elders; and his brother, Jerome A. House.
Tom's funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church or Kosair Charities.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 30, 2012