Thomas E. Nofzinger, age 75, of Delta, passed away at his home, Sunday night, May 8, 2016, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Delta on December 9, 1940 to the late Floyd Nofzinger and Byronna (Kline) Nofzinger.
Tom was a 1960 graduate of Delta High School. Shortly after, he was drafted by the United States Army and served from 1963 to 1965, the last short duration in Vietnam. Upon his return to Delta, he along with his brothers, Jim and Mike established Nofzinger Poultry Farm located south of Delta. They were also grain farmers, raising corn and soybeans. He worked for Gleason Construction Company beginning in the mid 1980’s until his retirement in 2003.
Tom was a member of the Delta United Methodist Church and worked as their custodian from 2004-2011. He was also a member of the Delta American Legion. Tom loved the game of golf, often putting new grips, shafts and heads on golf clubs for his friends. He liked rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes and spending time with family and especially his grandkids. On July 27, 1968 in Delta, he married Judith Karr and together they shared 48 loving years.
Left to always cherish his memories, along with his wife, are sons, Todd (Debbie) of Fremont, Ohio, Troy, of Evergreen, Colorado and Chad (Molly Etue) Nofzinger, of Sylvania, Ohio; brother, Mike (Sue) Nofzinger, of Delta and grandchildren, Brooke, Jaren, Mia, Sam, Jada and Lance Nofzinger and Sam, Nick and Jack Etue. Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brothers, Don and Jim Nofzinger and beloved grandson, Drew Nofzinger.
Friends will be received from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta; with an American Legion Service beginning at 7:30 PM. A funeral service honoring Tom’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday at the Delta United Methodist Church, 101 Northwood Dr., Delta, OH 43515. Pastor Teresa Wenrick will be officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan for their compassionate care during Tom’s stay, and also to Hospice of Defiance for their help in making it possible for Tom to be at home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to a charity of the Donor’s choice in his memory. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com.
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