Thomas Whitton Bracken Jr.
May 18, 1933 – March 5, 2018
BRACKEN, Jr., Thomas Whitton, 84, a United States Army Korean War Veteran, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on March 05, 2018, in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Thomas was born on May 18, 1933, to Thomas W. Bracken, Sr., and Anna Mae Bracken, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He had 3 older sisters, Mike, Eunice, and Nellie, along with 2 older brothers; Bud and Keith, and his twin brother, John. After high school at the Colorado Military Academy, Tom became part of the United States Army and served his country proudly during the Korean War. In 1962, Tom left the United States Army and started a long proud career with Mountain Bell for 36 years. There, he developed friendships he cherished up to the time of his passing. In 1963, Tom married the true love of his life, Helen R. McCabe. They were married 53 years. Tom loved his family, and spending time outdoors. He always had an incredible love and respect for animals of all types, but he had a special affinity for dogs. Tom is survived by his daughter, Patti Stelley, of Lakewood, Colorado; son Keith Bracken of Brighton, Michigan; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his twin brother Dr. John Bracken, of Phoenix, Arizona; and many friends who were considered family to Tom. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen R. Bracken, and daughter, Jacklyn Bracken. Tom believed in and taught his children to be impeccable with your word...and to mean what you say. He always said, "Always use your word in the direction of truth, and things will always work out!" A Committal Service with United States Military Honors provided by the United States Army, and a 3 Gun Volley, provided by the POW/MIA Honor Guard in Phoenix, will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona. To sign the guestbook online, and to send your memories, condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit, www.surprisefuneralcare.com.
- Committal Service Thursday, March 15, 2018