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Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home

289 S Main St Po Box 1413, Pataskala, OH

OBITUARY

Thomas Theodore Tykodi

November 24, 1929September 22, 2019

Thomas Theodore Tykodi, age 89, was born November 24, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio and passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019, in St. Albans Township, Ohio from congestive heart failure. Tom was born into a strong Byzantine Catholic Hungarian family. He graduated from Maple Heights High School in 1947 (National Honor Society) and from Ohio University in 1951 with a B.S. in Education with a major in mathematics and minors in science and English. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, 1951-1953. He returned to Columbus and completed a Master of Education in Mathematics from the Ohio State University in 1956. It was there that he met the love of his life and future wife, Martha Ann Nichols, in a class for mathematics teachers. They lived most of their lives on the Nichols family farm in Harrison Township, Licking County, Ohio.

He spent his career teaching mathematics at Whitehall Yearling and Bexley High Schools and was involved with numerous education-related activities including local, state and national education associations, Councils of Teachers of Mathematics and Phi Kappa Delta (a Teacher’s organization). Class advisor, National Honor Society Advisor, Student-Faculty Council and Mathematics Department Chairman were among his many career titles. He retired from teaching in 1989 but never retired from his passion for education.

Over the years, he had been heavily involved in the community through the Pataskala Presbyterian Church (Deacon, Elder, and Youth Fellowship Advisor), the Pataskala Library Board of Trustees, the Pataskala City Council, member of church choirs and the Golden Clefs, a senior citizen choir. He was one of the Grand Marshals of the Pataskala Street Fair in 2004. In his retirement years, he and his wife, Martha, became charter members of the West Licking Historical Society in which he remained active until his death. Through this affiliation, he helped with the publications of People Make a Difference (1976) and Preservation 2000 and became a co-owner of the Mead-Needham Museum. He had several long-time hobbies that included photography and travel. Through camping, RV-ing, and flying, Tom has visited all 50 states, all but two of the Canadian Provinces and 5 of 7 continents. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Vojtko) Tykodi, brothers Ralph Tykodi and Jack Tykodi, brothers-in-law Gerald Nemeth and Robert Fairall, and his son Thomas L. Tykodi. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Ann (Nichols) Tykodi; sister Loretta (Tykodi) Nemeth; daughters Tammy (Matt) Seifert and Teri (Mark) Berliner; daughter-in-law Debbie (Webber) Tykodi; sisters-in-law Lois Tykodi and Mary Lou Fairall, grandchildren Reid (Brittany) Seifert, Jill Seifert, and Becky (Tykodi) Wisma; great grandchildren Reid Seifert Jr., Roen Seifert and Elliana Wisma; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Above all, Tom (a.k.a. Dad, Grandpa, Greatpa and Uncle Tom) was a family man. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with his siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. and was the host of many Tykodi family reunions that included slide show “pictures on the wall.” His uncanny wit, puns, puzzles and jokes will be dearly missed by all, especially his grandchildren. His philosophy of life was simple but powerful: Handle the present the best you possibly can, and the future will take care of itself. His passing leaves a giant hole in the Tykodi and extended families, the Pataskala Community and the world itself.

Visitation and the sharing of memories will be 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, at the Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home, located at 289 S. Main St., Pataskala, Ohio 43062. A private graveside funeral service will be held for the family at the Pataskala Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Mead-Needham Museum (4300 York Rd. SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062) or the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Hours Friday, September 27, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Graveside Service

Memories

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Larry Phillips

September 29, 2019

MR Tykodi and Mr Poe were my favorite teachers... both very interesting and wanted their students to leave with a better understanding of life!

Mary Benis

September 27, 2019

What a wonderful person Tom was! I taught with him at Bexley and always loved his ever-present smile and warm chuckle. Thoughtful and caring, he had such a positive influence on the school climate. Sorry I didn't see the notice in time to join you for memory sharing.

Gunjan Tykodi

September 27, 2019

Uncle Tom welcomed me to the Tykodi family with open arms. He was passionate about living life to its fullest and passing on the Tykodi family history to keep it alive for generations to come. I looked forward to his stories at our family reunions and sharing in his joy and comforting him in the few times I saw him sad. He was so strong, positive, loving and seemed to always have a smile. I am truly blessed to have been touched by him. I will forever cherish those fond memories. He will always be close to my heart. With a heavy heart..my love to the entire family..Gunjan ❤️

Michele Ball

September 27, 2019

RIP. Mr. Tom~You were always Happy at Street Fair!! prayers for Martha & Family~~ Happy always!

Vincent Rackliffe

September 25, 2019

I guess I would consider Tom as a step-great uncle hahaha. He aways was rockin a ear to ear grin. My first memories of him are from when I was 9 maybe 10 yrs old. He would always have cool puzzles at his house. I would spend all my time tryin to figure them out. And wouldn't ya know it, Tom would come over n blow my mind in seconds by solving these dang puzzles. I will miss him dearly. As will so many others who have had a chance to be a part of his life.
Be easy up there Tom. I'll see ya later.

Vicki (Kegg) Miller

September 25, 2019

I was in Mr. Tykodi’s first year mathematics class at Whitehall-Yearling in 1956. That was the only class I had with him but as I look back at my school years I always think of him as one of my favorite teachers. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

Julie Maurer

September 25, 2019

Sending all my love and prayers of comfort to Martha and family. I'm grateful to have known Tom and will miss seeing his smiling face. His spirit will live forever in this community. He has helped so many and touched us in so many ways.

Karen Rose

September 24, 2019

Mr. Tykodi was my favorite teacher. He is the reason I became a math teacher.

Rest in Peace in the arms of the Savior.

Michele Miller

September 24, 2019

Mr. Tykodi was my favorite math teacher and that is saying a lot considering I hated Math. I had him for geometry and every year I think of him with an acorn in my hand. "What does the acorn say when it grows up? Gee Ima Tree!" Made me laugh everyday. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel and his old students from WYHS remember him fondly even if it isn't for Math.

Don Justice

September 24, 2019

What do We say about One who inspired Us?
About One who helped Us see a future We never felt possible!
About One Who helped Us see the beauty in the “dance of the numbers”.
About One who laugh with Us and our mistakes and then challenge Us to try again.
About One who always led with dignity and cared for all with equal measures of love and kindness!
We called the One Mr. Tykodi!

FROM THE FAMILY