Thomas A. O’Leary, 84 of Zanesville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on January 13, 2023, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born on May 31, 1938, in Reno, Nevada, to the son of the late Frances A. O’Leary and Elaine (Bechtel) O’Leary. Tom grew up in Reno, Nevada. In high school, he coached boys’ basketball. He later attended the University of Nevada, Arizona State University and Puget Sound College, where he played on a football scholarship. He later owned several businesses through the years, one being O’Leary Christmas Tree Farm in McConnelsville, in which he loved dearly. He was an active member in the Ohio Christmas Tree Association. In most recent years, in his spare time, he enjoyed his animals and gardening. Above all, he loved his family and wife.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley (Pugh) O’Leary; children, Kelly (Michael) Cox, Patrick (Jen) O’Leary, Carrie Carswell, Lee Ann (Jeff) Morosco, Darla White (Sarah Adkins), Teresa (Kelvin) Wood, Richard White; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Michael O’Leary, John O’Leary; sister, Barbara Shank.
Per Tom’s wishes, a dignified cremation will take place. A private family service will be held at a later date. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muskingum County Animal Shelter in honor of Tom.
DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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