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Thomas Nathan Tharp

Wichita, Kansas

Nov 24, 1956 – Jan 16, 2020 (Age 63)


November 24, 1956
January 16, 2020
Wichita, Kansas


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Cochran Mortuary & Crematory - Wichita Obituary

Thomas Nathan Tharp, Entrepreneur and Owner of Bogart's Bar, passed away peacefully in the care of his family, January 16, 2020, Wichita, KS. Thomas, loved Lawrence, KS, Traveling, Camping and Fishing. Born, November 24, 1956, to James R. Tharp and Vera Margaret VanDuser Tharp, Wichita, KS. Thomas, is survived by his Sisters: Patricia Jane Maxwell and Janet Sue Skakl (Jerry Lee) and Brother: Gregory James Tharp (Gay Pullen). Also survived by his nieces and nephews, Dean Alan Maxwell (Merav), and their children, Grace Elizabeth Maxwell, Leo Wyatt Maxwell. Niece: Cynthia Ann Maxwell-Boaz (Samuel Boaz), Lucinda Niamh Boaz, Ashley Nichole Skakl, Jake Russell Skakl, Pete Randolph Skakl and great-nephews Fisher Pete and Archer Anthony of Olathe, KS; Tyler, John and Rachel Tharp all of Woodland's Texas. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jeffery Randolph Tharp. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with American Cancer Society 236 S. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202.


In loving memory of our dear brother, uncle, friend.

He will be missed.




He who dwells in the shelter of the Most high, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1



Peace; First Pity


I walked up to the old café tonight, just as I used to do;

Just as I ran raving once, for something new

The snow was old and chuckling tonight, abandoned by its storm.

It’s glad it melts tomorrow, glad the air is warm.

The folks were as they’ve always been tonight, as they will always be

Each on with hurt, searching eyes; each one but me

Who never saw their eyes before tonight or half guessed that they came,

Like me to search for some strange thing, without a name.

I noticed, coming back, the trees tonight, marbling the soft blue sky

Gnarled networks of deep emptiness, Orion high.

One twig-chasm or another? Wish Godspeed, to those who drink within

It was elsewhere, not there, for me, but could have been.

Jeffery Tharp 1967




Sunday January 19, 2020
 1955 N. Market

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Throughout all he has endured,
He always remained good natured.

Whether he was receiving another Christmas sweater,
Or he was de-boning a turkey to the last millimeter.

Whether we were watching him make a left over sandwich meal,
Which sometimes seemed surreal.

Whether we were waiting for him to wrap his gifts last minute,
For that we could not dispute.

Whether he was playing with the children on their level,
One could only...

Odd as it seems to say, I believe Tom's last year as he was fighting cancer was his happiest. He called just to talk and never closed a call without an "I love you"! I know he is with Jeff reminiscing about their adventures together. His tenderness in caring for mom and dad was endless. He is gently returned to his mother's arms. I love you Tom!

I will always miss my good, kind, generous and loving brother. Tom lit up our family Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with his beautiful, sometimes silly, spirit. Despite his illness, he managed to keep his promise to join us in Louisburg and Olathe for Christmas this year. We plan to carry on the traditions he created with our family.
He loved his parents, devotedly caring for them during their last few years. He loved and was loved by his brothers and sisters, his nieces and...

Tom was always very kind to me; Im sorry the family lost him. The bridge table wont look the same at Thanksgiving.