Thomas W. Geddings Jr.

Published 1:54 pm Monday, August 13, 2018

Thomas W. Geddings Jr., 100, of Delphos, Ohio, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at CHP Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 11, 1918 in Sumter, S.C. to Thomas W. and Maria L. (Nicholes) Geddings Sr. On Aug. 4, 1944 he married Helen A. (Weber) Geddings, who preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2014. They met and married during World War II while both were serving in the Marine Corps. They had been together 70 years.

Survivors: 3 sons, Frank (Kris) Kalish of Mocksville, Thomas (Carolyn) Geddings III of Dallas, Ga. and Joseph (Vicki) Geddings of Lima, Ohio; 2 daughters, Jacquelyn (Bob) Baldwin of Oakwood, Ohio and Joyce (Tim) Jackson of Galloway, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way; and a sister, Mary “Aunt M” Follin of Sumter, S.C.

He was also preceded in death by: 3 grandchildren, Jennifer Baldwin Hill, John Kalish and Helen Kalish Murphy; 3 brothers, Clarence, Eugene and Ladson; and 4 sisters, Mayna, Gladys, Margaret, and Glenn.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II, Iwo Jima and occupied Japan. He worked at Superior Coach/Sheller Globe in Lima as a welder, making school buses and ambulances. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Eagles Aerie 471, and the Delphos VFW. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. He played softball and baseball on teams in Allen and Putnam counties.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville with military honors conducted by Delphos Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. with a parish wake held at 7:45 on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Weber Funeral Home, 1Delphos.

Memorials: Area Agency on Aging 3, or CHP Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice.