Thomas M. Kerrihard OKLAHOMA CITY
April 17, 1930 - July 28, 2020
Thomas M. Kerrihard passed away on July 28, 2020, one day after celebrating 63 years of marriage to his bride Donna. Born in Red Oak, Iowa, to Judith and Maxwell Kerrihard on April 17, 1930 Tom was one of 5 children. He grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, attending Highland Park High School and going on to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University and a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois where he played football. Tom served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. He met and married Donna Jane McGuire in 1957 and began a 40-year career with Merck and that brought them to Oklahoma City. He was the proud father of four children and loved each of them uniquely, providing life-long wisdom, support, and guidance.
Tom and Donna were devoted members of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish family for more than 50 years. Tom was a friend of Bill W. for 42 years, attending regular weekly meetings, sponsoring other friends, and leading meetings at prisons. He was the longest volunteer at the Oklahoma City Intergroup.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Judith and Maxwell Kerrihard, his brother, George, and his sisters, Marian and Kathryn. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his sister, Carolyn McDermott and husband Jim; children: Karen Schumacher and husband Steve of Oklahoma City, Kenny Kerrihard and wife Sherry of Edmond, Pam Sollars and husband Jonathan of Kansas City, Missouri, and Tim Kerrihard and wife Dana of Palmyra, New Jersey. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren who knew him as "Granddad the Great".
The family will receive friends at Smith & Kernke on N. May Thursday, July 30, from 4 - 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would love contributions be made to the Forever McGuinness Annual Fund benefitting Bishop McGuinness High School (www.bmchs.org/support
) or St. Francis of Assisi Church.