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Thomas Yunker

Thomas R. Yunker

GALION: Thomas R. Yunker, 67, of Galion, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his home unexpectedly with his beloved black lab and companion Allie by his side.

Thomas was born in Galion on February 28, 1946 to the late Edward H. and V. June (Mattocks) Yunker. He married Barbara J. Gouker on October, 29, 1965 and she survives him. Thomas died on the anniversary of their first week of dating in 1964.

He was a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officer Academy and served on the Galion Police Department. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church, Galion. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy Reserves and was very patriotic. He coached the Galion Girls High School Softball Team to a very successful season; and also coached and was active in Little Sox, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He enjoyed woodworking; reading and keeping the yard well-manicured. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments.

He is survived by his three sons and a daughter: Tom & Diana Yunker, Independence, KY; Christina & Scott Carpenter, Galion; Tim & Tara Yunker, Geneva, Switzerland and Troy & Dee Yunker, Mt. Gilead; eight grandchildren: Michaela Carpenter, Galion; Bryton Carpenter, Galion; Abi Yunker, Independence, KY; Emma Yunker, Geneva, Switzerland; Seth Yunker, Geneva, Switzerland; Nate Yunker, Independence, KY; Riley Yunker and Owen Yunker, Mount Gilead; two sisters: Shirley & Glen Scherer, Westerville and Janis Yunker, Galion; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tom & Theresa Gouker, Manassas, VA; Raymond Gouker, Bethesda, MD; Michael Gouker, Idaho; Anne & Lowell Hershner, Lexington; Mary & J.P. McCusker, Manassas, VA; and Connie Worley, Peoria, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 2:00-4:00, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 6 at Peace Lutheran Church, 129 W. Walnut Street, Galion, with Pastor Richard Genzman officiating. Military honors will follow the service and be conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Galion/Crestline Veterans Organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com.


Published in the News Journal on May 4, 2013
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