Tommy Forest McGhee, 73, departed this life Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in New Castle, CO, in White River National Forest.
Tommy was born on Nov. 24, 1938, in Henley, MO, one of 13 children born to Mr. Louie Franklin McGhee and Mrs. Bertha Helen, (Viesmann), McGhee.
On Jan. 8, 1963, he and Loretta Powell were united in marriage. To this union two children were born, Shawn Allen McGhee and Jason Dean McGhee.
Tommy served four years in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany as a specialized sharp shooter and was honorably discharged in 1967. Tommy and Loretta moved to Colorado where he attended a trade school and became a gunsmith. Upon completion, he became employed with Browning Arms in which he gave 25 years of service before retiring in 1999.
Tom and Loretta spent most of their married life in Arnold, MO. raising their family. Tommy moved to Taberville in 2004 where he spent the remainder of his life.
All who knew Tommy would agree he was a very kindhearted and loving individual. He possessed a very close and interactive relationship with his two boys, Jason and Shawn. All seven grandchildren played a significant part in his life as well. Each child held a very special, yet unique relationship with him.
Tommy had a vast love for nature. He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. In recent years, he would spend the remainder of his free time attending auctions, which became highly entertaining to him. Above all, he had a true passion and love for the Colorado Rockies. Tommy and his best friend and brother, Frank McGhee, would hike the Rockies twice a year. Tommy planned, and ultimately looked forwarded to this year after year. His most famous quote: “I was born 100 years too late, as I should have been a Mountain Man”.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta McGhee; five brothers and three sisters. Survivors include: his two sons, Shawn McGhee and wife, Melissa – El Dorado Springs, and Jason McGhee and wife, Christa – Appleton City; one brother, Frank McGhee, and wife, Shirley; three sisters – Olga Self, Alvina Holman and Luella Coan; one brother-in-law, Terry Powell, and wife, Gayla, seven grandchildren – Samantha McGhee, Taylor McGhee, Dalton McGhee, Madison McGhee, Wyatt McGhee, Victoria McGhee and Zackary McGhee; one great-grandchild, Abigail Wilson; many nieces, nephews and great friends.
A memorial service was held at Hill and Son Funeral Home on Saturday Aug. 25, with Pastor Michael Manz officiating.
Military honors were presented by Appleton City VFW Post #11242.
Memorials may be made to the Taberville Fire Department.
Web site location: www.hillandson.net Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Missouri.