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Obituary for Allen Tomes
1921 - 2012
Penwell-Gabel - Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel
Coffeyville, KS 67337 620-251-3100
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Coffeyville, Kansas
Allen C. Tomes, 90, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.
Allen was born on September 1, 1921 to Allen C. and Mary M. Tomes. He grew up south east of Lenapah, Oklahoma and attended school in Lenapah. He served in the United States Military during World War II in the Marine Corps. He served for five years until he was honorably discharged.
He was united in marriage on January 24, 1945 to Helen M. Hollmann at the old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville, Kansas. The couple made their home in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.
He was an active member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville. He owned and operated the Deluxe Dry Cleaners for twenty five years with his wife. Later he helped his daughter, Susan and son-in-law Don for eight years at their restaurant “Better N’ Nothin” in South Coffeyville. He loved to garden and visiting with friends and family. He had time to stop and talk to anyone; he didn’t know a stranger and was referred to by many as “Grandpa”.
Surviving to honor his memory are his daughters, Nancy (Gene) Stanford of Edmond, OK, Susan (Don) Lakey of South Coffeyville, OK; son, Daniel (Teri) Tomes of Edmond, OK; grandchildren, Tiffini Johnston, Tara Sink, Amanda Johnston, Carrie Tomes, Mitchell Lakey, Jarrod Lakey; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Mary; loving wife, Helen; brother, Virgil Tomes and sister, Mildred Zimmerman.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 6, 2012 at10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville. Reverend Richard Peckman will officiate. A private family inurnment will follow at a later date. Friends may call on Thursday July 5, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to sign the guest register at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville. The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville; these may be left with the funeral home.