OBITUARY

Thomas Edward Byers

November 2, 1945December 30, 2018
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Thomas Edward Byers, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home with family by his side. Born November 2, 1945 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Clarence Jr. and Kathryn (McCormick) Byers. A graduate of North Side High School, Tom continued his education at International Business College. He was a Field Auditor with the Indiana Department of Revenue for 42 years, from which he retired. After retirement, he was employed with Aramark Concessions, Inc., for 15 years. He was a former member of the Lions Club. A sports fanatic, he enjoyed Detroit Lions football and other local high school and college teams. Tom had a fun sense of humor, enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and mall walking at Glenbrook. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Gwen (Thiel) Byers of Fort Wayne; daughters, Emily (Wayne Sweeney) Byers of Louisville, Ky., and Pamela (Joseph) Smiddy of Newburgh, Ind.; four grandchildren, Haley (Seth Vaughn) Gehring of Indianapolis, Patrick Sweeney of Louisville, Ky., and Cole and Katelyn Smiddy, both of Newburgh, Ind.; great-grandson, Bennett Vaughn of Indianapolis; sister, Susan (Dan) Smith of Sevierville, Tenn.; and nephews, David Goeglein and Dennis (Angie) Goeglein. Memorial Service will be 7:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be from 1-4pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or Lions Club- Leader Dogs for the Blind. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.

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  • Parkview Home Health & Hospice
  • Lions Club Leader Dogs for the Blind

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  • Calling Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Calling Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
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Darrel Wallace

January 8, 2019

I remember when Jan had to go before a judge to get her Social Security Disability, the judge came out of his chambers and greeted Jan by saying, "How are you today Mrs. McDonald"? He had reviewed the information for the wrong person and had to go back into his chambers to do a quick review of Jan's information. I told Tom about this and from that time forward he would sometimes refer to Jan as "Mrs. McDonald".

LOIS Maple

January 5, 2019

Gwen & family, I'm so very sorry for your loss, Lois Maple

Sarah Stoner

January 5, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We used to run into him several years ago when we were walking at the mall . It was always fun to catch up on the news about Emily and Pam. I am unable to attend the funeral because I cannot leave my husband who has been extremely ill. You are in my prayers.
God bless,
SARAH Stoner

Lou Sweeney

January 4, 2019

Extending sympathy to all of the family. Enjoyed being with Tom (Gramps) at Patrick's ballgames and school grandparents day luncheons. Always was fun and quick with a joke.
He will be greatly missed.
Happy to have shared times with Tom .
Blessings to all
Lou

OWEN STILES

January 3, 2019

You always had a smile, a laugh and a joke to share. I will always miss our jovial bickering over politics and sports. You were always an advocate of girls volleyball in the FWCS, they lost a "long time supporter." You will be missed my "friend."

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Biography

Thomas Edward Byers, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home with family by his side. Born November 2, 1945 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Clarence Jr. and Kathryn (McCormick) Byers. A graduate of North Side High School, Tom continued his education at International Business College. He was a Field Auditor with the Indiana Department of Revenue for 42 years, from which he retired. After retirement, he was employed with Aramark Concessions, Inc., for 15 years. He was a former member of the Lions Club. A sports fanatic, he enjoyed Detroit Lions football and other local high school and college teams. Tom had a fun sense of humor, enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and mall walking at Glenbrook. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Gwen (Thiel) Byers of Fort Wayne; daughters, Emily (Wayne Sweeney) Byers of Louisville, Ky., and Pamela (Joseph) Smiddy of Newburgh, Ind.; four grandchildren, Haley (Seth Vaughn) Gehring of Indianapolis, Patrick Sweeney of Louisville, Ky., and Cole and Katelyn Smiddy, both of Newburgh, Ind.; great-grandson, Bennett Vaughn of Indianapolis; sister, Susan (Dan) Smith of Sevierville, Tenn.; and nephews, David Goeglein and Dennis (Angie) Goeglein. Memorial Service will be 7:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be from 1-4pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or Lions Club- Leader Dogs for the Blind. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.