THOMAS J. BLASER – age 64,
Of New Bremen, formerly of Findlay, Ohio, died on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 2:22 PM at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on January 11, 1955 in Toledo, the son of the late Eugene G. and Mary (Dolan) Blaser. On March 26, 1982, he married Vicki Blanke, and she survives in New Bremen, and also his children: Elizabeth Blaser of Arvada, CO, Michael Blaser of Tamuning, Guam, and David Blaser of Livonia, MI. Also surviving are his siblings: Patricia Blaser of Rapid City, SD, Susan Blaser of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Kate (Rick) Blaser Dienel of Natick, MA, Robert (Trish) Blaser of Wildwood, MO, and Charles (Samantha) Blaser of Orlando, FL. Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister Jane Blaser.
Tom was a member of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay. He attended DeVilbiss High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from the University of Toledo. He made a career at Marathon Petroleum Co. in Findlay working as an Environmental Engineer and System Analyst for 32 years before his retirement in 2014. Tom was an avid boater. He was in the Sailing Club at Toledo, and he crewed on many racing boats in the Great Lakes. His greatest boating adventure was travelling many miles over the past five years on his trawler, “Grand Baron”, with Vicki and their dogs. Tom loved traveling and camping throughout the USA and Canada. Most of all Tom was a great father, a devoted husband, and loyal friend.
A Catholic service will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen officiated by Rev. John R. Blaser. In keeping with Tom’s style, the family asks that you please come dressed casually. Following the service, a gathering for family and friends will be held at the Blanke farm. Memorial contributions in memory of Tom can be made to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University or to the Auglaize County Council on Aging.
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Linda Locke saysSeptember 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm
So terribly sorry for the loss of Tom. Praying for comfort and peace for your family.
Elizabeth A Moore saysSeptember 11, 2019 at 9:42 am
How blessed was Tom to have you at his side, Vicki, every step of the way. You two lived your dreams together–not every married couple can say that. You, Tom and the kids are in my prayers. May God wrap his comfort around you all like a strong, soft shawl that warms and mends your broken hearts.
Charles & Samantha Blaser saysSeptember 11, 2019 at 1:09 pm
My heart is broken, I’ll forever miss my big brother and Hero. Samantha, Jordan and I will cherish the all the memories and share them with Lucas. You’ll always be in our hearts.
Caryn and Alan Ast saysSeptember 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm
The Blaser Family is in our thoughts and prayers! May your beautiful memories be a comfort to you at this difficult time!
Elicia & John Mitchell saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 8:26 am
So sorry for the loss to the Blaser family. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Mike & Carolyn Braddock saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
Vicki & family – We are very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. We always admired his supporting efforts to Findlay Music Boosters & associated programs and enjoyed his friendship during our retirement days. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you during this difficult time.
JERI GILBERT saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 10:51 am
Vicki and Family, So very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and yours.
Angie Roebke Anteau saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm
So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers. He was a great coworker and friend. My deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
Shirley Schey saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 12:54 pm
Vicki – So sorry to read about Tom’s passing today. Our thoughts are with you and your family. We’re thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Love.
Clifford Cook and Family saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm
So very sad to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a great person to work with who was always a straight shooter. He also knew how to enjoy life. He will be missed by all those that knew him. Our deepest sympathy.
Bev Ferris saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm
I’m sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I worked with Tom at Marathon, and he always made work more fun just by being around him. I could always count on his honesty, sarcastic comments, and big laugh! My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
The Boes family saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 4:04 pm
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Please take care of each other,
Greg Hill saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 4:55 pm
I am so sorry to here about Mr. Tom Blaser’s passing. I work with his brother Bob at Bayer in St. Louis, and Bob has always spoken so dearly of Tom and all of his family. May God’s presence bring comfort and peace to the family!
Don Larsen saysSeptember 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm
So sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. I worked with him at Marathon for many years. I can remember numerous times Tom would inject his unique and fun personality into a situation. Family and friends will surely miss this wonderful man. May he rest in God’s peace – he deserves it! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Vicki and the family.
Dave and Gail Edwards saysSeptember 13, 2019 at 9:37 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tom was an amazing person who lived a remarkable life. We feel so lucky to have shared many boating and RV adventures with you and Tom. We are so sorry for your loss. Fair winds and following seas!
Jeanne McCaffrey saysSeptember 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm
Vicki and family,
So sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. I have fond memories of being soccer parents together then band parents. Hugs to you all at this time. May fond memories always bring you comfort.
Jeanne & Pat McCaffrey
Lynn Farwig saysSeptember 26, 2019 at 8:51 am
Vicki and family
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We have many good & fun memories of your early days in Findlay. Our prayers are with you durning this difficult time.
Susan Lause saysSeptember 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May your wonderful memories of Tom provide comfort and strength. You are in my prayers. Susan Lause
sally phi saysSeptember 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Vicki and family. Remembering Tom as one of the nicest dad at St. Michael school. Our sincere sympathy.
DeAnne Redman saysSeptember 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm
Truly saddened at Tom’s passing. Worked with Tom for several years. I loved to hear stories from Tom and Bill Engle about the times they rode together to and from work. Always trying to one-up the other. I shall miss Tom’s sense of humor and his love of fun times. Vicki…he always spoke so very highly of you and the kids. Rest In Peace Tom!
Diane Cline Hastings saysSeptember 14, 2019 at 10:21 pm
Dear Vicki, Liz, Michael, and David,
We are sending our love, prayers, and strength to you in this time of change and great loss. We cherish the memories together with Tom, especially Hancock Street camping trips, nachos and beers in Salem, MA, and our recent lunch together in Columbus. Tom; you will be forever missed, and never forgotten.
Diane, Mike, and Anora
Leslie Trentman saysSeptember 16, 2019 at 9:20 am
I was so very, very saddened to hear about Tom. I worked with him for many years at Marathon. He was a just great co-worker in so many ways. His ability to take an idea and turn it into reality was amazing. All the while, doing it with a smile, a story or joke and a compliment for everyone. His faith and love of his family (including fur babies) was known without a doubt. Tom will be in our hearts and memories always. Wishing Vicki, Elizabeth, Michael, David, and the entire family, comfort, strength and peace.
Bob Jarabeck saysSeptember 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm
I was shocked to learn of the passing of Tom. I worked with Tom at Marathon and enjoyed his honesty, humor and technical savoy. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. Tom, you will be missed, R.I.P. my friend !
Jim Moore saysOctober 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
I am sorry I could not be at the service. The Blanke girls, the Westerbeck girls, and my sisters were all part of a neighborhood tribe. I was outnumbered by the girls growing up, but in the end, they were all sisters to me. I am sorry Vicky. You and Tom deserved more time together. It was apparent to me the first I met him what an excellent mind he had. I enjoyed him.
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