Thomas James Struckus

Feb. 5, 2013

Thomas James Struckus, 64, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Philadelphia, Tom was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Barna Struckus. He was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, class of 1967.

Tom was a combat veteran serving with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam.

He was a member of the Laborers Union Heavy and Highway Local 158. Over the course of his career he worked for various companies, among them was B.G. Coon Construction with whom he spent 25 years. A member of Buckstoppers Gun Club, Tom was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trips to the club with his family. He loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors in general. He liked woodworking and was an accomplished gardener who was well known for his flower and vegetable garden. When not in the yard, Tom enjoyed nothing more than the time spent with his family, especially his five grandchildren, who knew him as "Pappy." Tom was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church, Carverton.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were brothers Joseph and Robert Struckus, and a nephew, Jeff Groblewski.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Mary Smith, Orange; son, T.J. Struckus, King of Prussia; daughter, Jennifer Howe, and husband George, Warminster; five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Ashleigh and Brianna Struckus; Nicholas and Nathan Howe; sisters, Maryann Groblewski, Shavertown; Rita Mozdian, Laurel Run; brothers John Struckus, Forty Fort; Richard Struckus, Florida; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Frances Cabrini Church, 585 Mt. Olivet Road, Carverton. The Rev. Vincent Dang will officiate. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Tom's family wishes to thank the staff at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration Medical Center, the staff at Geisinger's Radiology Department and the staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for all of their compassion and care. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Published in Times Leader on Feb. 8, 2013