Tommy Gildenblatt

June 6, 1943May 8, 2020
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Tommy Gildenblatt, born June 6, 1943, in Cincinnati, OH, left this life when God called him home on May 8, 2020. He was 76 years old.

Tom met his wife, Phyllis, in junior high school. After graduating from Woodwood High School in Cincinnati, he spent a short time in the Air Force before he and Phyllis were married in 1963. They remain married today... 56 years later! He recently said they spent their whole lives together.

Tom had 3 children and 7 grandchildren. He gained his business experience in the early 70's at IBM in San Francisco, CA before taking a leap of faith and moving his family to Iowa to help grow a small ad firm. After acquiring the company a few years later, he would grow the company with his best friend and his children into a national company with hundreds of employees. He spent the next 44 years of his life in Texas always surrounded by family and friends. He was a husband and father first, and loved traveling with them more than anything else in the world. Tommy was loved by everyone who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anne Gildenblatt; his brother, Alan Gildenblatt; and his beloved son, Brad Gildenblatt. Tom is survived by his wife, Phyllis Gildenblatt; his sister, Marsha Alcorn; his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Heather Gildenblatt; his daughter, Staci Gildenblatt; his daughter in law, Pam Gildenblatt; his grandchildren: Conner Gildenblatt and his fiancé, Kennedy Johnson, Caitlin Gildenblatt, Cale Gildenblatt, Cileigh Gildenblatt, Ethan Kenyon, Evyn Gildenblatt, and Cadence Carr; his nephew, Marc Alcorn; and so many more loving relatives and great friends all over the country, especially Arleen and Ken Webman for always going above and beyond.

A visitation will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 12th, from 6:00-8:00pm at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas. A graveside service will be held at the Gildenblatt Mausoleum in Moore Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00pm.

Serving as pallbearers are Jim Gildenblatt, Conner Gildenblatt, Cale Gildenblatt, Marc Alcorn, Jeff Wolpa, and Brandon Albertson.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020


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Diane Prater

May 8, 2021

A year feels like a lifetime. Im sure you and Brad are looking down, love yall. See you soon.

Marky Corum Hooper

August 16, 2020

Dear Phyllis,
I just now saw the class news about Tommy's passing. Since I don't have your address, I hope this note is OK. Please know that you will be in my heart in the days ahead. Husbands, fathers and grandfathers are for loving, teaching, and fixing things. May the memories filled with humor bring joy to your empty heart. In eternity there is no measure of time. He is waiting for you patiently.
Kind regards,

Howard Simons

May 26, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Tommy was a great guy. I have a lot fond
Howard Simons

Wanda Little

May 18, 2020

Im so sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family. This man was so amazing he was in my life aince i was 18 and always was good to me. Fly hgh Tom

Christie Entizne

May 13, 2020

Just want to send my deepest prayers to your family in these trying days. I will always be grateful and thankful for Tommy giving me a chance at UAC to really find my calling in life. Thank you

RIP Mr. Gildenblatt

Love Christie Entizne

Bob Jacobs

May 13, 2020

Phyliss and family,
Marie and I are really sorry for your loss. I wish that we had gotten to know each other earlier. Did not really know Tommy in high school, but became friends with Tommy through our class reunions. Tommy always had a great hello and hug for all. I will miss our conversations. Marie always looked forward to spending time with you two.

Rest In Peace Tommy and go with God.

Bob & Marie

Kim Pearson

May 13, 2020

On behalf of everyone at VNA Ann's Haven Hospice, it was an honor to serve Tommy and his family. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Jackson

May 12, 2020

Tommy was a great man. He showed me the importance of family, and when I was young, he even took time to make sure I knew in my heart I had the ability to work in sales and or marketing and be successful. He was proud of me like I was his own at times. He loved his children so much and adored his wife. His passion for life was unbelievable and it never mattered what adversity was facing us, he found a way to survive and found his will to go to work. He loved his Company and seeing his family take it and run with it. I just knew if I called him he called back and if he called me I called him because when Tommy needed you, you wanted to do well for him because he was just that special. Thank you for all the memories when I was around. Love to you all !

Dick and Karen Klein

May 12, 2020

I am really going to miss my friend, Tommy! We became friends in Roselawn Elementary School. We built forts in the woods, rode our bikes to each others houses, played Knothole baseball together and later went to Woodward High School together. After Woodward, as adults we went our separate ways for a long time but reconnected at our 40th (?) Woodward reunion. It was like we had never been apart and took up right where we had left off. Our annual fishing trip became a tradition and the highlight of the year for both of us.

I watched Tommy’s complexion go from ashen grey to pink overnight after the transplant. He lived his life to the fullest from then on. When Phyllis wasn’t watching we would sneak out for an occasional corned beef sandwich or chopped liver. I will miss our Sunday calls to complain about the Bengals and the Cowboys. I know he’s at peace now and out of pain but I’m really going to miss my friend.

Patsy & Lee Rattigan

May 12, 2020

Tommy was a truly exceptional man. He was kind, generous, loving, engaging with a warm personality and a wide, friendly smile. He was an outstandingly successful businessman with a bent for risk taking and a drive to be innovative. Tommy had a new idea every day to improve his operations. His love for Phyllis was endearing and strong through the many life challenges they faced as partners and as parents. To his many friends, Tommy was inquisitive and supportive. Always asking about one's family. Tommy displayed true interest and friendship. To us, Tommy will live in our memories and hearts as we treasure the many good times we shared. Love, Patsy & Lee