Thomas Anthony Schleigh, Sr.

September 20, 1930May 9, 2013

Thomas A. Schleigh, Sr. US Army retired, entered the kingdom of the Lord the early morning hours of May 9, 2013. He was born in Hagerstown, MD on September 20, 1930. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Soon Hi (Cho/Teresa); son, Thomas Jr and his wife, Doris, grandsons, Kyle, Michael and Nicholas; daughter, Linda S. O’Connor, granddaughters Lane and Dana; brother, Robert and sister, Kathleen Gossard of Hagerstown, MD, along with nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Catharine and brothers, Charles and Richard. Tom was a wonderful, dedicated husband and a warm loving father with a beautiful smile and great sense of humor. In addition to loving his family, he loved the Boston Red Sox, Washington Redskins and enjoyed rooting on the San Antonio Spurs. He was an avid reader and active volunteer with St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Tom was also beloved by the San Antonio Korean Community for his generosity, friendship and support. Thomas A. Schleigh enlisted in the US Army on September 26, 1949. He had basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. In March of 1950 he was sent to Whittier, Alaska. Tom returned from Alaska in October 1951 and was discharged in December 1952. He reentered the US Army in March 1953 and remained in service for 30 years. Tom was assigned to Ft. Eustis, VA, Camp Leroy Johnson, LA, Ernest Harmon AFB Newfoundland Goosebay Labrador, Ft. Holabird, MD, Korea (3 tours), Ft. Meade, MD, Okinawa (2 tours) Vietnam, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. He retired in 1979 where he was assigned as the DPCA SGM, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. A military career spanning 30 years, SGM Schleigh was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and many letters of commendation. Upon retirement Tom attended college and earned an Associate Degree with honors, in accounting. Tom was loved by many and will be missed tremendously. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4411 Moana. Interment of ashes, with full military honors will be at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.



  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Rosary Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 14, 2013


  • Inurnment

Thomas Anthony Schleigh, Sr.

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Linda O'Connor

June 12, 2013

Daddy ~ We will always miss you. Thank you for being the most amazing father. I remember you taking me for horse back riding lessons and french fries. I remember you taking me to buy paper backs novels. I remember you scolding me for taking the family car and backing it up and nearly hitting the neighbor's retaining wall when I was about 7 or 8, and you said "Wait til I get home".... but you came home and never punished me. Worrying and being afraid the entire day was enough punishment. Your love was unconditional. I remember hearing you on audio tape when you were in Vietnam expressing how much you missed Mom and how you wanted her to work with Tommy Jr and I on our homework. I could hear the love in your voice. I remember your patience and love and your exasperation with me when I was learning to read! But you were steady Dad, always steady. I wish I could sit beside you one more time....I wish I could have talked with you one more time about the Orioles or about what you had for lunch. I wish I could see you just one more time....just once more... later, though, Dad.... God willing. I love you. We'll look out for Mom.

Doris Schleigh

June 11, 2013

I thank God for sharing Thomas A Schleigh Sr with us. I am thankful for the unconditional acceptance he gave to me and my family when I married his son. I am thankful for the love he showed our sons, his grandsons. I am thankful for the role model he made for both my husband and my children as a loving, kind and loyal son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I am thankful for the light that entered his eyes and the smile that crossed his face every time he saw my husband after an extended time apart. I am thankful for the love he showed our children through teasing words and touch. I am thankful that he made me feel like I made the best cup of coffee. I am thankful that I have the memories of all the times we had together as a family.
Thomas A Schleigh Sr. will live on in the generations to follow because of the solid foundation he created with his wife Teresa. I love you Tom, you will always remain in my heart and prayers. Thank you for being you.


Dana O'Connor

June 11, 2013


Your love and admiration, generosity and kindness, is that of legends. Not many people have been as loved by their peers, family, and friends, even strangers, as you. I am lucky to have had such wonderful grandfather and presence in my life. You will be sorely missed. I love you.

Michael Schleigh

June 11, 2013

Grandpa, you are an amazing man. You served in the army for 30 years and still were able to become the valedictorian of your graduating class at St. Phillips, which not many people could do. You always knew how to make me laugh, whether it was saying someone was singing if they were crying or your use of colorful language. You will be missed by everyone and I love you. Rest in Peace, Grandpa.

Your Son, Tom Jr

June 11, 2013


You were the best Father a son could ask for, could hope for. You were my role model and helped shape me into the person I am today. Words can not describe the loss I feel but the love and memories will get me through. Thank you Dad for everything...wanted to share things about you that made you the special person you were...things I will never you with all my heart.

-Growing up, if Dad earned 50 cents he would give his Mom everything but a dime he would keep for himself to go to the movies
-Loved his beer
-Loved his cup of coffee each evening
-Loved reading the morning paper
-Passionate about doing a good job at work
-Great sense of humor
-Not mechanical nor a handy man at all
-Very detailed oriented and meticulous
-Challenged with driving directions
-Could not sing a lick but loved to hum a tune
-Loved his wife with all his heart
-Great Father, supportive and loving of his kids
-Loved his Grandkids very much
-Loved his brothers and sister and their families
-Would rather watch teams he disliked lose (Cowboys, Yankees) than watch teams he liked win (Redskins, Red Sox)
-Not a pasta or noodle eater
-Always willing to lend a helping hand to the Korean Community and to St. Thomas More Catholic Church
-Avid reader
-Not big on computers
-Loved Sea Island on Rector Street in San Antonio...loved their fried shrimp
-Was a homebody to the core
-Enjoyed immensely Maryland sweet white corn on the cob (any good corn on the cob for that matter) and Maryland tomatoes
-Had a green thumb and over the years had wonderful gardens and his yard was always well groomed and maintained
-Not big on playing sports but could "bowl" a mean game
-Enjoyed going to the race track to wager on the horses...$20 well spent
-Cherished our annual trips to Baltimore and Hagerstown to visit family and friends, watch our beloved Orioles and consume lots of beer, crabs, crab cakes, crab soup, sweet white corn and tomatoes

We were blessed for the time and love we had together but it was not long enough...too soon...

Dad you were a good man, a good soldier, a great son, wonderful husband, loving and generous Father and Grandfather who would give the shirt off his back for his family...I will miss you Dad...look over Mom from will be forever in our hearts...Love you.

Kyle Schleigh

June 11, 2013


You always knew how to make me laugh. No matter what was going on around you whether it be a chaotic household or just the stress of life you always had the best sense of humor. I always looked up to you as a man and as a friend. I will forever miss talking sports, our football season pick competition, and your presence as a whole. Every time I will eat an ear of corn I'll be thinking of you. You are everything I can aspire to be as a man. You will be incredibly missed. I love you.


Lane O'Connor

June 11, 2013

Grandpa, you are one of the greatest men I will ever know. You were always patient, loving, and generous. I feel so lucky and blessed to have had you as my grandpa. Rest in peace Grandpa. You will be so greatly missed.

Brian O'Connor

June 10, 2013

Mom, Tom Jr, Linda

I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I will miss Dad greatly. He was a wonderful man who warmly welcomed me into the family over 25 years ago. I always enjoyed visiting him and you, Mom, when the girls and I were in San Antonio. Lane and Dana couldn't have had a better grandfather and I couldn't have had a better father-in-law. When I think of Dad I think of his love for the girls, his kindness and generosity to so many people, his patience and even-temperament, and his love of sports. He is a great man in my eyes--I have always looked up to him as the quality of man I hope to be. He won't be forgotten by me or the many people he came in contact with over the years. Best wishes to each of you.


Gerri Trumbo

June 3, 2013

I was very sad to learn of Tom's passing. He was a hard-working co-worker at BAMC with me for many years. He went out of his way to assure things were done efficiently and correctly. My prayers and sympathy to his family.

Beverly Rakowitz

May 29, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family of Tom Schleigh. I am sorryI was not here when he passed away;I have been out of the country celebrating my retirement from BAMC. The years I was able to work with Tom at the library were some of the best in the library. He and Martin Perez made a team keeping everything going. He will be missed and reamin in our memory.