Thomas Charles Bacon

April 27, 2002April 9, 2018
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Thomas Charles Bacon, 15, of Columbia, MO, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Dr, Columbia, MO, 65203. Everyone is invited to A Celebration of Thomas’ Life following the service in Flannigan Hall at the church.

Thomas was born on April 27, 2002 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Bryan and Suzette (Dean) Bacon. He was a Sophomore at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, MO where he loved playing on the football team, was a member of the Christian Diversity Committee and participated in Track and Field - all while an Honors Student. He was also a part of the Lee Elementary and Gentry Middle School communities. Earlier in life he enjoyed Blue Thunder Track Club, Columbia Youth Football League, Douglass Baseball and Camp Kesem. He cheered for the Dallas Cowboys because they are America’s team. He enjoyed the outdoors including the land he and his family lived on, especially if it involved having friends over. When Thomas was in the room, you knew it. You might think it was because he was a 6 foot 3 15-year-old, but Thomas’s presence was even larger than the physical vessel that tried to hold him. With a beaming smile and easy demeanor, Thomas was always confident in his opinion, and happy to share it, but his friends also found it easy to talk with him. Thomas was the friend and protector of the young kids he knew, who all easily loved him. Larger than life, a heart as big as his smile, and as unique as a Japanese redneck sounds. Thomas loved and was loved.

Survivors include: his parents, Bryan and Suzette Bacon of Columbia, MO; his sister, Eleanor “Ellie” Bacon of Columbia, MO; grandparents: Erwin and Margaret Bacon of St. Louis and a host of aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and beloved pets. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard and Natsuko (Mizutani) Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fr. Tolton Catholic High School Scholarship Fund, 3351 E Gans Rd, Columbia, MO 65201.


  • Zoie Vahabzadeh, Honorary
  • Luke Donner, Honorary
  • Max Loy, Honorary
  • Monroe Mills, Honorary
  • Jack Schuman, Honorary
  • Carson Swain, Honorary
  • Kyle Oligschlaeger, Honorary
  • Max Gortmaker, Honorary
  • Tin Duong, Honorary
  • Isaac Young, Honorary


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Celebration Of Life Saturday, April 14, 2018

Thomas Charles Bacon

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Casey VanDyke

January 15, 2019

Missing T.

Suzette Bacon

April 27, 2018

Happy 16th Birthday-Dear, Sweet Thomas.
We love & miss you so very much!

Tammy Fleming

April 15, 2018

Thomas brought joy into the lives of so many friends. My son loved playing with Thomas and they enjoyed Minecraft, and Legos during elementary school. Your family is in our thoughts and Thomas will always be remembered as a kind soul.

Diana Duncan

April 15, 2018

Thomas was a wonderful and very bright young man that I was blessed to have in my 7th grade science class. He always had a smile on his face that lit up the room when he entered. His compassion for and willingness to help others is something that teachers always love to see in all of their students. He has touched many lives in his time with us here. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you and sweet Ellie.

Teresa VanDover

April 14, 2018

Thomas was a child well-loved by everyone who knew him. I will never forget his energy and warmth, his intelligence, and his love of learning. May God's blessings be with you during this time of such a great loss. Thomas's life was much shorter than it should have been, but it was a life well-lived, full of joy and love. I am so glad to have known him and your family.

Teresa VanDover, former Principal at Lee Expressive Arts School

Virginia Allen

April 14, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I was in Boonslick Kiwanis with Bryan and know how proud you were of him. There are no words to express this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Heidi Zahner

April 13, 2018

I am so very for your loss. We are friends with Toni and Scott and have a son Jack's age. Before Toni and I had kids we would share stories about our nephews who were the first babies in the family. I remember hearing about how big Thomas was and how much he loved Thomas the Train. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers and have been since I heard the news. I will continue praying for all of you. I send my deepest condolences to your family.

Michelle Gortmaker

April 13, 2018

Bryan, Suzette and Ellie, we are so saddened by the death of Thomas. We loved him. He always had a smile and laugh that made everyone else smile and laugh. He was a great friend. We are so blessed to have known him. We pray that God will comfort you in the days to come. We also pray that you will find laughter in some of your best memories of him.

Gretchen Gregory

April 13, 2018

We will miss seeing Thomas playing basketball outside and moving fast on the lawnmower! Our neighborhood won't be the same! Bacon family- you are not alone. Your neighbors are here to support and help you. Please know we care and recognize the difficult journey you are traveling. We can't ease the pain but we can be there if you need us.
~Dean and Gretchen

Kimberly Werner

April 13, 2018

My friend in St Louis delightfully remembered that when the boys were little, back in the days of Duplo Legos and toy trains, we affectionate called him Thomas the Train. Of course, I will remember him most at the ages of 3-6, such a great time! especially with Gabe and Ellie thrown in the mix.



      “Anything is possible.” That is what Thomas Charles Bacon believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Thomas thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Thomas was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Thomas was born on April 27, 2002 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents were Bryan and Suzette (Dean) Bacon. Thomas was raised in St. Louis City, Kirkwood and Columbia, Missouri. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Thomas could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Thomas's family relationships. Thomas was raised with one sibling. He had one younger sister, Eleanor (Ellie). When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Thomas was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Thomas could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Thomas took part in soccer, t-ball, baseball, basketball, football, track and field and swimming. In his spare time he liked to play with Thomas the Tank Engine,. Thomas' memorable achievements included.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Thomas. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Thomas was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Thomas, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Thomas Charles Bacon, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.