June 6, 1922 - May 11, 2010
LINNEMAN, Thomas beloved husband of 60 years of the late Marian Linneman (nee Fanger), loving father of Mary Ann (Ken) Blum, Barbara (Steve) Jackson, Jack and David Linneman, cherished grandfather of Marie, John, Mike, Julie, Emily and Jordan, great grandfather of Haley, brother of the late Jack and Bob Linneman and Jayne Harig. Tom grew up in Hyde Park, graduated from St. Marys Grade School, Purcell High School and Xavier University. He believed in giving back to the educational institutions where he matriculated. Active in alumni boards and fund raising, he enjoyed keeping in touch with classmates, organizing class reunions, golf outings, tennis tournaments and class newsletters. Thomas was a long time member of St. Vivianâ€™s. His faith and involvement in church activities enriched his life. He made 58 retreats at the Milford Retreat Center and was the Captain of the Infant of Prague Group. Duty, Honor and Country were the cornerstone in his life. He was a veteran of World War II and fought with the 29th Division. His unit replaced the fallen soldiers of the Normandy Invasion. He was wounded in action, received the Purple Heart and was a prisoner of war for 207 days. Sharing his experiences and perspectives, he offered living history presentations to students interested in learning more about D Day, World War II and the terrors of war. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, 29th Division Veterans Association and OKI Ex Prisoner of War Association. He retired in 1994, where he was president of the Netherland Rubber Company. Faith, family and friends filled Thomasâ€™ life. He shared his time and talent with the many organizations in which he was involved. He said he always received much more than he gave. Tuesday May 11, 2010 age 87. Visitation at St. Vivian Church, 7600 Winton Rd., Finneytown, Saturday from 9:30-10:45 AM. Followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Memorials may be made to Milford Retreat Center, 5361 S. Milford Rd., Milford, OH 45150 or St. Vivian Church 45224.
Our sympathies are with you. I have fond memories of your Dad from our years on Winsray Ct., especially playing bridge & learning times tables.
You are in our thoughts.
Suzanne and John McCormick
Tom was in my estimation a man from one of the greatest generation. He was truly a family man who knew how to enjoy life to its fullest. My deepest condolences go to all of the family.
My sincere sympathy. I met Tom in 2000 when he called me about an article in the Enquirer regarding my family’s trip to Normandy, honoring my father Vince, a D-Day vet. Tom submitted several articles to the 29th Div. Newsletter on my family’s behalf.
In 2001, I came across an eBay auction for a 100 Franc note signed July 2, 1944 on the Normandy beachhead by Tom and 11 other members of his rifle squad. I was honored to be able to return this item to Tom after all these years. He was truly amazed to see it again.
Like my father Vince, Tom took the time to educate the next generations about his experiences in World War II. These men were heroes who saved democracy for the world.
Rest in peace, Tom. 29 Let’s Go!