Thomas Frederick Bresee

June 16, 1921September 25, 2013

Thomas Frederick Bresee, 92, passed away on September 25, 2013 in Ontario, California. He lived at Sun Lakes Country Club Banning, California for several years.

Thomas is survived by his wife Marilyn; two daughters and son-in-laws Tamara and James Feener of Chino, California and Teri and Steven Hoblick of Fullerton, California. He leaves behind four grandchildren Carie Cruz, Courtney Hoblick McKenna, Caitlin Curtis and Thomas James Feener and four great grandchildren Chloe McKenna, Pressley Cruz, Delaney Cruz and Mallory McKenna. Tom is also survived by Marilyn's three daughters Beverly, Debra, Susan and their families.

Tom "Coach" Bresee was born in Odessa, Washington to Frederick and Marian Bresee on June 16, 1921. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a Drill Sergeant during World War II and earned a pilot's license during his service. After being discharged in 1946, Tom attended Gonzaga University and Pepperdine University and earned a Master's Degree in counseling from USC. Tom was married to Ode Andersen (deceased) and they raised their family in several southern California cities. Tom was a teacher and football coach at La Habra High School (with an undefeated season in 1957). He later worked as a counselor and the night school principal at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California. Tom worked as the operations manager at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park after an early retirement from FUSD, as well as Red's Leather Shop. After full retirement, Tom moved to Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, California and after the death of his wife Ode Bresee, met and married Marilyn Litka.

To say that Tom was loved by many would be an understatement; he deeply touched the hearts of all who knew him. From every child that watched with wonder as he magically pulled a quarter from their ear, every "Coach" and "Matilda" that smiled because of his humor, and every person that admired his selflessness, kindness and beautiful soul - he will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Tom.

Memorial service Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 3:00pm, at Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, California. A reception will follow at Sun Lakes Country Club, Banning, California. Private inurnment will take place at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, California.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thomas Frederick Bresee

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October 23, 2013


Our deepest sympathy.

Joe and Brenda Davidheiser

S Lerer

October 3, 2013

The staff of American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

October 2, 2013

Dear Marilyn, I just read in the paper about Tom's passing. I am so sorry. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Joline Burke

Steve Pederson

September 30, 2013

Marilyn & family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although I only got to meet Tom on a few occasions, he impressed me as a true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all.

Steve Pederson