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Thomas Henry Waggoner

April 28, 1947 June 3, 2020
Thomas Henry Waggoner
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Thomas Henry “Tom” Waggoner, passed away surrounded by family on June, 3, 2020 at the age of 73 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born on April 28, 1947 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Otis “Lefty” Waggoner and a brother Steve. He is survived by his wife, Karen “Casey”, his children, Jenny and Dan Petticord of Sheffield Village, OH., Megan and Mark Williams of Savannah, GA., Gretchen and Steve Kliafas of Navasota, TX., Nathananiel and Haley Waggoner of Georgetoen, TX., Sasha and Justin LaGrange of Houston, TX; 14 loving grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren in addition to nieces, nephews and many loyal friends. He is also survived by his brothers Richard Waggoner of Arizona, David Waggoner of Colorado and a sister Carol Quien of South Dakota. Tom and his wife Casey were married on August 24, 1968 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family in the fall of 2018. Much of his life was dedicated to his wife, family and children. He spent over 30 years as an educator fulfilling roles such as teacher, coach and administrator. After being long time residents of South Dakota and Texas, Tom and Casey retired to Cleveland in 2019. Tom enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren excel in academics, athletics and the arts. Some other things that brought him joy were sailing, travel with his wife and family camping and tinkering in the garage. Friends and family will miss his quiet wit and generous heart. All who knew Tom were inspired by his perseverance and positive outlook throughout his 50 year battle with diabetes for which he was recently recognized by the Joslin Diabetes Center as a survivor. A Celebration of Life is planned for early 2021. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is asking for donations to the American Diabetes Association in Tom’s memory at this link: or 757j. 2 Timothy 4;7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH. 44035 has been entrusted with assisting the Waggoner family.

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