Thomas A Orthel

Born: Thu., Aug. 30, 1951
Died: Thu., Jun. 29, 2017

Graveside Service

1:30 PM Thu., Jul. 06, 2017
Location: Fairview Cemetery

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Thomas Andrew Orthel, 65, of Salida died June 29, 2017, at home.
He was born August 30, 1951, in Garden City, Missouri, to Otto and Frances Orthel.
He attended Lee's Summit, Missouri schools, Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri, graduating with a bachelors degree.
He had many interests including playing sports such as track, baseball, and softball.  He was always happy when playing the guitar or listening to other people's music.  He also loved animals and his dog Mango was truly his best friend who he cared for even after Mango was blind and lame.
He moved to Salida, Colorado, permanently in 2008 where he became his mother's caregiver enabling her to stay in her home for several years.
He was preceded in death by his father (Otto D. Orthel), mother (Frances Orthel), and brother-in-law (Bob Francis).  Survivors include his sisters, Jill (Frank) Connaghan of Kansas City, Missouri, Jane Orthel of Wyoming, Ohio, Jerry Francis of Centerview, Missouri, and his brother John (Stephanie) Orthel of Aurora, Colorado, nine nieces and nephews and their spouses, and six great-nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Salida at 1:30pm on Thursday, July 6.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an animal rescue shelter of your choice..  On line condolences may be sent to the family at  Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.

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Frank Orthel
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Sad for Tommy, my cousin, sad for his family. I wish we had more time to visit the last time I saw him, my how we age and change.

Deke Rushton
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Had the pleasure of knowing Tommy O over many years. Sharp wit, friendly and one heck of a ball player. He will be missed by his many friends in Salida.

   Posted Mon July 10, 2017
Thomas was a good friend when I was in living in Salida, good friend, good person. Sorry to hear of this. You will be missed my friend.

Rebecca Walker
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
John and family,

So sorry for your loss. I just read about it. Hugs and prayers.


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