MCKEON, Colonel Thomas M., U.S. Army(ret), Infantry, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2013 at Bon Secours, St. Petersburg, FI. He was born August 2, 1916 to Thomas J. McKeon and Bertha Fritz McKeon of Wallingford, Ct. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Gertrude Benish McKeon, a decorated WWII flight nurse. He is predeceased by his siblings, Dorothy Rose Kelley, Bernice F. McKeon, Ruth Anne Mulvey, Robert G. McKeon and Dr. Charles F. McKeon. Surviving him are daughter, Sandra B. LaScola (Tony) and son, Thomas M. McKeon Jr.(Dr. Martha Price); grandchildren, Laura Walsh(Brian) Michael Pastore, Dr. Bri Anne McKeon and Price Leigh McKeon, and Great grandchildren Zachary, Brandon, Joshua, and Alyvia Walsh. He attended Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, Ct, and being an avid athlete he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team. At the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private and was promoted to Colonel over the years. He served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge with Star. He is a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Christ the King usher, and served in the Atomic Bomb Test Plumbob, August 1957 in Nevada. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Christ The King Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy followed by a celebrtion at the home of Thomas M. McKeon Jr. and Dr. Martha A. Price. Contributions may be made to Bon Secours Maria Manor, 10300 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716. Please sign the online guestbook at www.BlountCurryMacDill.com
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Published in TBO.com on Mar. 13, 2013