Thomas Ferris, 83

Thomas Ferris, 83, of Beavercreek, formerly of Winston-Salem, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1931, in St. Marys, to the late William and Johanna Ferris.

Thomas served during the Korean War as an Sp4 for the United States Army. He was an officer for the American Welding Society and was the top volunteer for the Shepherd Center in Wintston-Salem, N.C. He worked for Westinghouse and Hobart.

Thomas was a gentle soul who enjoyed a preprandial libation and had a way with words. Through simple acts of kindness, Tom built a life of meaning and purpose.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Thornsburg, his brother, Bill Ferris and sisters Joan Minardi and Mary Ferris.

Thomas is survived by his sister, Ruth Gianola and 31 nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Laurie and Mike for opening up their home and their hearts these last two years.

Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon Thursday at Ascension Catholic Church, 2025 Woodman Drive, Kettering.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shepherd Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem, NC, 27103, or to Noah Homes, 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA, 91978-2329.

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