Thomas James Case was born January 30, 1928, the son of Victor and Margaret Cecelia Green Case. He passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the Dunlap Nursing & Rehab Center in Dunlap, Iowa, at the age of eighty-two.
Tom was born in Wiota, Iowa. He received his education in the Portsmouth Community High School graduating with the class of 1946. After high school, he continued his education at Iowa State University as he studied engineering and went to night school to study electricity. He loved working the land and took great pride in farming, working on machinery and fixing equipment and other electrical devices. In his spare time, he could also be found in the flower and vegetable gardens. Spring was a favorite time of year for him, renewing and giving him new sights for spring.
On May 4, 1950, Tom was united in marriage to Marie Henscheid. The couple made their home in west central Iowa and were blessed with the birth of two daughters. They then settled in the Charter Oak region to farm and raise their family. Toms leisure time was spent socializing with family and friends. He especially enjoyed family reunions at graduations, weddings and other special events.
Tom was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak where he served on the Parish Council. He was also a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as president of the Farm Bureau from 1985-1986 and was a Willow Township Trustee for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandson, Jared Simon and one brother, Richard Case and his wife, Margaret. Survivors include his wife, Marie of Dunlap, formerly of Charter Oak; two daughters: Sandy Case of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sharon Gorden and her husband, Byron of Dow City; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers: Eugene Case and his wife, Mona of Manning; Frank Case and his wife, Mary of Carroll; other relatives and friends.
"I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Having met you over the phone I can tell that he taught you well, that his illumination is reflected in the kindness and integrity that is reflected in the way you conduct your life; which will, I hope continue to be a living commemoration to his memory as you carry them on. If there is ever anything that I can do to help or support you, just let me know. God Bless you and give you peace of mind, heart and spirit. Sincerely, Ned"
"Sandy, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking thoughts of support for you and your family. I know how much your father meant to you. My heart felt wishes to you... David"
"Sandy, I'm sorry for your loss. We're never prepared for the loss of a parent no matter how much its expected. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Chuck Dunlop"
"To the Case family.. Just learned of Toms passing. Sorry we missed the funeral,Our sympathy to all of you. Joe and Jean Sandbothe"
I have been sending warm thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I so wish I could be there to give you a hug.
Bob and I would be there if it were at all possible.....we will be there in heart and soul.
You were a wonderful daughter to your Father....I hope the warm memories of your Christmas 'campout' will help you through the difficult days ahead.
Please let you Mother and Sharon know that I am thinking of them.