Thomas VanVoorhis

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SIDNEY — Thomas Randall Van Voorhis — A mom should never have to write an obituary for her child, but who would know them better? In the wee hours of the morning Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, our precious son, brother, uncle and friend, Thomas R.Van Voorhis, passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 45. He has now joined his Heavenly Father and his loving earthly father, Larry (Peanut) Ferguson in an eternally peaceful world where he'll have eyes that will never fill with teardrops, a head that will never ache again, a body that will live on forever, and a heart that will never break again.

Thomas Randall Van Voorhis was born on Dec. 29, 1970, to Margie Van Voorhis and the late George Van Voorhis. Along with his mother, he is survived by siblings, Theresa (Tim) Mikalajewski, Sonya (Lonnie) Bolin and Travis Van Voorhis, all of Sidney, Ohio, and Tracey (Kenneth) Brown, of Clayton, Ohio, Cheryl Rinehart, Greg Van Voorhis, Lora Cushman and Christopher Van Voorhis, all of the Mechanicsburg area. He is also survived by too many nieces and nephews to list, but he loved them all so much, and he made each one of them feel special in his own unique way. He was loved by so many.

Tom was a very talented musician, songwriter and singer. His passions were music, spending time with his family, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Tom had a smile that could light up a room, and he had a laugh that once you heard it, you would never forget it. One of my last great memories of him is of my birthday this year when he took me out to eat, but our favorite part was after when he took me to see "Finding Dory" in 3D, and I loved that! There we sat, mother and son, him in his mid-40s and me in my late-60s with our 3D glasses on once again watching "cartoons" together and laughing. That's a forever memory.

Tom had a heart of gold, and he would help anyone he could who said they needed help. Sometimes I would tell him his heart was too big, because it would let his emotions get involved with helping people who would just use him up and toss him away. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. While serving in the Navy he made the newspapers when he saved the life of a man who had walked through a glass door, and would have bled to death if Tom had not been there to help him.

In September 2006 he was diagnosed with a deadly type of brain tumor, grade 3 and malignant. They gave him only 18 months to live, but God and his faith in God brought him through alive and well, and totally functional. For the last several years he has worked as an aircraft mechanic at different airports and has been able to enjoy playing his music.

I may have to let him go for now, but I won't say "goodbye" to my baby, because I know I'll see him again soon in a much better place. I'll just say, "Later; I love ya,'" the way we used to do.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., with Pastor Preston Knasel officiating. Burial with military honors performed by the U.S. Navy will be at Graceland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Condolences may be expressed to the Van Voorhis family at the funeral home's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2016
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