Thomas D. Emrick, 59, formerly of Kokomo and Cridersville, Ohio, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Marion. He was born on Nov. 2, 1952, to Richard Dean and Shirley Maxine (Thrush) Emrick in Lima, Ohio.
Thomas graduated from Wapakoneta High School in Ohio. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and returned home to serve in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Force Base in Kokomo, completing his military service. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Thomas was a seventh grade social studies teacher with Kokomo Center Schools until he retired. He also coached the girl’s basketball team to many championships. He was a passionate teacher and coach, and when he wasn’t busy serving the needs of his students and school, he thoroughly enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.
Thomas was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by many people, most especially his family.
Surviving are his parents; a brother, Mark Emrick, Wapakoneta, Ohio; two children, Laura Ford and husband Charles Dale Ford, West Chester, Ohio, and Ryan Emrick and wife Erin (Riley) Emrick, Kokomo; five grandchildren, Mary Katherine Emrick, Master Charles Alexander Ford, Master Riley Dean Emrick, Annabelle Rose Ford and Master Cale Joseph Emrick; and his nephew, Jesse Emrick, Wapakoneta, Ohio.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. Dixon Road, with Father Tony Rolland celebrating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., is in charge of arrangements.