Thomas 'Tom' Unrein, 52, of Grand Island, journeyed to his heavenly home on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Reverend Sheri Lodel will officiate. To honor Tom's wishes, cremation will have taken place.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Tom was born September 21, 1959, in Longmont, CO, the youngest child of Cyril and Mary (Kuhn) Unrein.
Those left to cherish his memory include his cherished wife, Mary; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernie and Loree Unrein, Cy and Linda Unrein, Mel and Cathy Unrein and David and Yvonne Unrein, all of Colorado; sisters and brothers-in-law, Arlene and Cecil Bohall, Carolyn and Vince Cummins, Joy McDonald, Phyllis Unrein, Mary Kay Unrein, also of Colorado, and Joyce and Warren Bertrang of Valentine, NE.
He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Anne Unrein and Gloria Powell, of Colorado; brother-in-law, John Curley of Massachusetts; Mary's family, Mel, Betty, Jim, Karen, Russ and Cathy Larson; many nieces and nephews; numerous friends; and his feline "girls," Samantha and Tabitha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Betty Lou Unrein, Darrell Unrein, Denis Unrein, Ralph Unrein and Jeanne Curley; and his feline "boys," Misty and Leo.
Tom was raised in Mead, CO, and attended school in Mead and Longmont High School. He met Mary Larson of Meckling, SD in 1985 and they were united in marriage on October 25, 1986, in Thornton, CO. The couple moved to Arizona for a time while Tom was employed by Continental Airlines. They then moved back to the Midwest to be closer to their families, moving to Grand Island in 1989.
Tom was employed by Hornady Manufacturing and Steve's Appliance for several years and was currently employed by Case New Holland.
He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church and had a passion for Drama Ministry. His strong faith was a comfort during his illness. He loved his kitties, playing cards, good food and fellowship with his friends. His enjoyments included hunting, fishing, gardening, stock car racing and his newest hobby, watching mud drag racing. Always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, Tom will be remembered for his wit and unique 'Tom-isms'.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Calvary Lutheran Church or donor's choice.
Remembrances may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.