OBITUARY

Thomas Nesaif Resha Jr.

Born August 16, 1956

RESHA, THOMAS "TOM" NESAIF age 56, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away from a stroke on Friday, May 17, 2013 in St. Cloud, MN. He was born August 16, 1956, in Birmingham, AL to Thomas Nesaif and Helen Christine Resha; the eldest of three children. He attended Our Lady of Sorrows grammar school and John Carroll High School in Birmingham. He attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1978 with a BS in Mathematics. He later earned an MBA from the University of North Dakota in 1982. Tom entered the US Air Force after college as a 2nd Lt.; retiring in 2004 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Tom continued working in leadership roles with Government Contractors; most recently Vice President of Gov. Services and Business Development at AMC Research & Development. He also owned his own company, Your Credit, since 2008. Tom was a licensed pilot; a volunteer fireman, most recently at Black Forest Fire & Rescue in Colorado Springs; an avid hiker, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010; and most importantly, a loving father, husband, brother & friend. Tom is survived by his three children, Thomas Nesaif Resha III, Alabaster, AL; Christopher William Resha and Ajay Resha, both of Colorado Springs, CO; the children's mother, Louella Miller, Colorado Springs, CO; two sisters, Reece Madison Gisler, Redding, CA, and Karen Resha, Atlanta, GA; and his wife, Sara A. Simon, Colorado Springs, CO. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:00 at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors, Southside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Black Forest Fire and Rescue in Colorado Springs.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Thomas Nesaif Resha Jr.

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Bill Wellman

February 26, 2014

I just learned of your passing. I am shocked and saddened. You were an honorable man and friend. Memories of Grand Forks, Vandenberg, kids growing up... never to be forgotten. It was an honor to serve with you -- I salute you. Rest in peace.

Jaclyn vigil

August 21, 2013

Mr Tom resha was a wonderful man! He would give you the
shirt off his back if he had to even if he wasn't wearing a shirt he had a heart made of
gold . I will miss u deeply and always know what you did in my life . My future in fire dept . Is a legacy to and for u . I love u . My heart and prayers are with you.

Kim and Jeffery Thorpe

June 19, 2013

To the Resha Family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is hard on those who are left behind who did not have a chance to give Tom a hug and tell him how much we Loved and Respected him. He will be missed so much.

Frances Schneider

June 18, 2013

Tom was a better brother to me than my own brothers. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor. I will not forget him.

Paul & Jean Simon

June 11, 2013

Tom was more like a son than a son-in-law to us. We were blessed to have him for the short time we did. We'll always miss his "Love Y'all" when he ended a call. Loved YOU-all, Tom!

Joy Gardner

June 10, 2013

I've just finished reading all the wonderful things everyone had to say about Tom and it's obvious that many people from all over the country loved and respected him. I also loved and respected him. I've known Tom for 18 years and I had the privilege of being with him when he passed away. Tom had come to see me in Minnesota to help out with some heavy duty work on my farm. He was looking forward to trimming trees, putting in some fence posts and riding my recently restored John Deere 40 tractor. Tom didn't make it to my farm. He became ill while still 30 miles away and called me to come get him. Instead, I called an ambulance and met them at the hospital. I'm very grateful for the squeeze Tom gave my hand when I got there. The squeeze told me he knew I was there and he wasn't alone. I stayed with him at the hospital for the next 24 hours, holding his hand and talking to him. I'm sorry he didn't get to see the apple blossoms or the fantastic green of the pasture on my farm. I'm sorry I no longer have this wonderful man in my life. I miss his funny texts and his phone calls. I miss our heated political discussions. I miss his laugh. I am comforted knowing how much love he gave and received from all of you. I am comforted knowing I will see him again.

Paul & Kathleen Phelps

June 8, 2013

Our hearts go out to the Resha Family. Tom was a wonder person and friend. Our friendship goes back to 1978 when we were 2Lts. Tom will be missed. God bless you all.

Alex Welton

June 6, 2013

Tom was the best supervisor and friend a person could have. He maintained his mission vision and personal integrity when others gave in to pressure. Tom's leadership and unwaivering dedication to his troops ensured those he led were successful in their AF careers; especially my own. Any hour of the day Tom was there to listen, provide sound advice and pitch in and help whenever needed. Hi sense of humor was a morale saver particularly when the situation looked dim. His committment to the community is unequalled. He truly cared and would always find a way to help. God Blessed us with Tom.

David Nadeau

June 4, 2013

Tom was a great leader, mentor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers to out to his family--he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Ajay Resha

June 3, 2013