Tom S. Burden, 78, of 928 Hager St., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, after a brief illness.|
He was born on Feb. 16, 1938, in St. Marys, the son of Ned and Annabelle (Sheaks) Burden.
He married Gayla Bambauer on Feb. 1, 1957; she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his nine children: Marscia (Jeffrey) Fleagle of St. Marys; Coleen (John) Levalley of St. Marys; Christine (Mike) Tully of Kettlersville; Tom (Sally) Burden of Celina; Michele (Mike) Shaffer of Findlay; Mary Ann (Jeffrey) Thornsberry of St. Marys; Catherine (Anthony) Dodson of St. Marys; Crystal (Robert) Blank II of Pandora; Timothy Burden of St. Marys.
He is survived by 27 grandchildren and by 20 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings: Dale (Marcia) Burden of Lima; Roger (Connie) Burden of Lakeview; Bruce (Carolyn) Burden of Lafayette; Catherine (Richard) Appleton of Lima; Dan (Deb) Burden of Waynesfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a granddaughter, Moriah Dodson.
Tom attended Blume High School in Wapakoneta and the Hobart School of Welding. He was the retired owner/operator of several local businesses, including Tom Burden Construction, Tom Burden Snow Removal and Increte Burden Concrete Patterning.
He had previously served as urban housing inspector for the city of St. Marys. He had also served as 4th Ward councilman for the city of St. Marys and was the past president of the Auglaize County Camp of Gideons International. He was an active member of Only Believe Ministries in Botkins. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting and woodworking.
Funeral rites will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys, the Rev. Peter Doseck officiant. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Thursday at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be given to the Auglaize County Gideons. Condolences may be sent to Tom's family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
Published in The Evening Leader on Jan. 10, 2017