OBITUARY

Thomas Michael Hollingsworth

September 26, 1921October 28, 2019
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Tom Hollingsworth was born on September 26, 1921, the second of four kids to Martina and Thomas Hollingsworth. When he was young and living through the Depression, he was responsible for his three sisters, his mother, and his grandfather’s care. Tom joined the Navy at the beginning of World War II and was a plank owner of the USS New Jersey, serving from its first engagements in the South Pacific until the end of the war.

After the war, he met and married his true love, Betty Jean Shaw on April 25th 1947. They lived their entire lives in the Kansas City area where they built, in 1953, the home where they raised their six kids. In the '60s he also built his family a lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks. Tom and Betty were parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes and Tom was a member of the Kansas City Turners. Tom was a union man, a member of the Carpenters District Council of Kansas City for 67 years.

He loved working with wood, he started his career in construction with Stanton and retired from Dasta in 1987. Tom also loved animals, he spoiled his dogs with love and would feed and watch squirrels and birds. But the most important things to Tom were his six kids, 15 grandkids, 35 great-grandkids, and two great-great-grandkids.

His greatest legacy is the love he gave his family. He leaves his 6 kids, Kathy and Jim Hegg of Orrick, MO; Patty and Bob Burney of Kansas City, MO; Mike and Nancy Hollingsworth of Roland Park, KS; Debbie Amidei of Kansas City, MO; Dennis and Sue Hollingsworth of Manley Hot Springs, AK; and Sheila and Al Langley of Overland Park, KS.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Jean, his son-in-law Robert Amidei and granddaughter Madelana Jean Amidei, his mother Martina, sisters Helen Uman, Betty Kroenke, and Ethel Birdenstine, and his beloved grandpa Michael Mulligan McAuliffe.

Services

  • Rosary Service Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Sharing Memories Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 4, 2019

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Paula Reinhart Appleton

November 3, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I remember that Mr and Mrs Hollingsworth went to Mass Saturday evenings and then out for dinner and dancing. What a great couple and such kind people and an inspiration to me as a teenager. I'm sure they are dancing in heaven now. Peace and love!

Harold Baggerly

October 31, 2019

Tom and I were neighbors for several years. He was kind, helpful, smart and a great friend. All his family members were as kind and special as he was. He shared a lot of stories about growing up in Kansas City, walking several miles each way to and from school, his service in WW II, and his experiences in the construction industry. The world is a better place because of his contribution to those with whom he associated. He will be greatly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY

Tom was born September 26, 1921 to Thomas and Martina Hollingsworth. He was the second of four children. He had an older sister, Helen, and two younger sisters, Betty and Ethel. They lived on the 3800 block of Elmwood in Kansas City, MO. After Tom left for WWII in 1942, the family moved to 2310 E 41 St. in Kansas City. Tom would live there from 1945 until he married Betty in 1947.

FROM THE FAMILY

Tom is beginning to walk and gain strength for the hard years ahead. His father left the family when the kids were young and like most women of the time his mother stayed home. His grandfather, Michael Mulligan McAuliffe, worked full time to provide financial support for the family. By the age of 10, Tom’s responsibilities included cutting down grown trees and splitting/stacking it .(remember, there were no power saws) This was quite the task for a 10-year old because they needed wood to heat the home, to cook their food in the wood stove (no electric stove), bathe and do the weekly laundry In a tub) on Monday (they had running water to the house, but no hot water).

FROM THE FAMILY

In addition, he got up early every morning to ensure his grandfather and mother had a hot breakfast. He also worked delivering groceries. His tips ranged from a penny to a nickel.

FROM THE FAMILY

Due to the amount of responsibility he had, he couldn't find much time to study. His mother would complete his homework assignments for him. He went on to graduate from Central High School.
Left: Helen, In Buggy: Betty, Ethel, Right: Tom

FROM THE FAMILY

The great depression occurred during his youth. Although they didn't have money or clothing, they had goats for milk and cheese along with chickens for meat and eggs. They were generous with food to those in need.
Left: Tom Remainder unknown

FROM THE FAMILY

Grandfather Michael was a stone cutter and made grave markers for their goats. Their yard looked like a cemetery. I believe the city warned them that it was illegal to have a cemetery on your property. They were surprised to hear the markers were for dead goats.

FROM THE FAMILY

The four children all had to sleep in the same bed into their teens. They would lay across the bed sideways and use a feather mattress as a cover.
Back: unk, Helen, Betty, Ethel, unk
Front: Tom, one of the Hornbecks.

FROM THE FAMILY

When WWII broke out, Tom was working for Porterfields (airplane manufacturer) as a Tack Spitter, making planes for the military.
Left: Helen, Ethel, Betty, Back: Tom

FROM THE FAMILY

Tom was born September 26, 1921 to Thomas and Martina Hollingsworth. He was the second of four children. He had an older sister, Helen, and two younger sisters, Betty and Ethel. They lived on the 3800 block of Elmwood in Kansas City, MO. After Tom left for WWII in 1942, the family moved to 2310 E 41 St. in Kansas City. Tom would live there from 1945 until he married Betty in 1947.

FROM THE FAMILY

Tom is beginning to walk and gain strength for the hard years ahead. His father left the family when the kids were young and like most women of the time his mother stayed home. His grandfather, Michael Mulligan McAuliffe, worked full time to provide financial support for the family. By the age of 10, Tom’s responsibilities included cutting down grown trees and splitting/stacking it .(remember, there were no power saws) This was quite the task for a 10-year old because they needed wood to heat the home, to cook their food in the wood stove (no electric stove), bathe and do the weekly laundry In a tub) on Monday (they had running water to the house, but no hot water).

FROM THE FAMILY

In addition, he got up early every morning to ensure his grandfather and mother had a hot breakfast. He also worked delivering groceries. His tips ranged from a penny to a nickel.

FROM THE FAMILY

Due to the amount of responsibility he had, he couldn't find much time to study. His mother would complete his homework assignments for him. He went on to graduate from Central High School.
Left: Helen, In Buggy: Betty, Ethel, Right: Tom

FROM THE FAMILY

The great depression occurred during his youth. Although they didn't have money or clothing, they had goats for milk and cheese along with chickens for meat and eggs. They were generous with food to those in need.
Left: Tom Remainder unknown

FROM THE FAMILY

Grandfather Michael was a stone cutter and made grave markers for their goats. Their yard looked like a cemetery. I believe the city warned them that it was illegal to have a cemetery on your property. They were surprised to hear the markers were for dead goats.

FROM THE FAMILY

The four children all had to sleep in the same bed into their teens. They would lay across the bed sideways and use a feather mattress as a cover.
Back: unk, Helen, Betty, Ethel, unk
Front: Tom, one of the Hornbecks.

FROM THE FAMILY

When WWII broke out, Tom was working for Porterfields (airplane manufacturer) as a Tack Spitter, making planes for the military.
Left: Helen, Ethel, Betty, Back: Tom

FROM THE FAMILY

When he first went to enlist, the Navy wouldn't take him because he was helping the war effort at home. He quickly quit his job and was then accepted by the Navy.

FROM THE FAMILY

He was assigned to the USS New Jersey and spent over 2 1/2 years on board. She had not been christened, so the crew was assigned to get her ready. He is an original Plank Owner of the New Jersey.