Thomas Cannon

Thomas Arthur Cannon, Jr.

DRESDEN: Thomas Arthur Cannon Jr., 83, of Dresden, Ohio died Thursday evening, November 22, 2012 after a 21 year battle with cancer.

Tom was born June 2, 1929, the son of Thomas Arthur "Art" and Vera Cannon of Dresden who preceded him in death. Tom was a graduate of Dresden Jefferson High School and he served with the United States Army in the Korean Conflict. He bragged openly about the splinters "still stuck in his hands from when the draft man pulled him off of his mother's porch". Despite his levity about the situation, he served bravely during the war and achieved the rank of Sergeant during his 1 year, 11 month and 13 day tour of duty (not that he was counting).

Tom was a baker, and until its closure in 1978, was employed in the family business, Cannon's Bakery of Dresden. Later, he was employed by The New Bakery of Ohio in Zanesville until his retirement in 1995. After retirement, he decorated cakes, washed windows, and handled cleaning responsibilities at the Dresden Village Offices where he shared his opinions daily with Mayor Lane and his staff. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department where he served periodically as Chef during his service of 41 years. Tom was also a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Dresden.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Rita (McNeely) Cannon, three children, Thomas (Lynn) Cannon of Hilliard, John Cannon of Dublin and Amy (Clement) Cannon Chiu of Blacklick and four grandchildren, Alyssa, Abigail, and Alivia Cannon of Hilliard, baby Chiu of Blacklick, due January 2013, and his devoted dog, Casey.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Mary Cannon Frick.

Friends may call 2 pm to 5pm Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Dresden Chapel of Vensil & Chute Funeral Home, 714 Main Street. A Christian Wake service will follow at 5:00pm with Deacon Robert Ghiloni officiating.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Monday, November 26, 2012 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 405 Chestnut Street, Dresden with the Rev. Father Michael Nimocks as celebrant. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery with military honors being conducted by Dresden American Legion Post #399.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department.

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Published in the Times Recorder on Nov. 24, 2012