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Thomas Charles McGory

January 11, 1932 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 90)


   Thomas Charles McGory, 90, of Sandusky, was called up to Heaven on Sunday morning, February 27, 2022, to be with The Lord and join his wife, Marylyn, whom he married on November 25, 1954 on Thanksgiving Day by Monsignor William Armitage and Fr. Kaufman in Holy Angels Catholic Church.
   Thomas was born on January 11, 1932, in Sandusky, OH to Walter and Florence (Kistner) McGory. He was a 1950 graduate of Sandusky High School where he did very well academically, as well as, a standout athlete in basketball and football. Thomas holds the SHS record for the longest punt of 75 yards in 1949 that still stands today.  He was the First Recipient for the Vic Malinovski Sportsmanship Award.  Thomas also loved playing baseball on many area teams during high school.  He attended Kent State University on an athletic football and basketball scholarship before joining the Navy.
   Thomas was a Navy Veteran serving 4 years in the Korean War as a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class aboard The USS SOLEY DD707 Navy Ship.  He is honored at "The Korean War Memorial' in downtown Sandusky.  Thomas was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #2529.
   He was a barber for 25 years in the Sandusky area.  McGory's Barber Shop was located on Fulton Street next to Burkle's Ice Cream Store across from Central Park.  Thomas also worked at New Departure-Hyatt, Inc. (a Division of General Motors)  for 21 years before retiring on March 31,1994.  He was also a member of the UAW Local #913.
   Thomas was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church where he maintained the beautiful landscaping lights that illuminate the west walls of the church, the many outside Angel Statues, and The Virgin Mary Shrine (with a perpetual light), also on the church's west side, which was built by Thomas's father-in-law, Eugene Volz, in 1942.
   Thomas enjoyed his family and was always in attendance at the kids school and sporting events.  He also enjoyed working on house projects, gardening, fishing, bowling, and grilling on the barbecue (especially a big hamburger with a slice of a sweet vandalia onion and a ripe tomato straight from the garden.  Thomas also enjoyed his Big Ben Bulova Westminster Whittington pendulum clock that chimed every hour and on the quarter hour.
   He is survived by 4 children, two sons, Thomas (Deborah) McGory and Craig (Peggy) McGory; two daughters, Janine (Bruce) Hammersmith and Judith (Kevin) Yantz; 11 grandchildren, Melissa (Ryan) Cramer, Heather (Brent) Christman, Betsy (Bryan) Bauer, Tommy (Julia) McGory, Daniel McGory, Matthew McGory, Andrew (Samantha) McGory, Kaitlyn (Nick) Gilchrist, Timothy (Carrie) Hammersmith, Troy (Kelly) Hammersmith and Hailey Hammersmith;  great-grandchildren, Kaden Cramer, twins Garrett and Gavin Cramer, Anna Christman, Jack Christman, Blake Bauer, Luke Bauer, Kayla Bauer, Thomas L. McGory, Emily McGory, Carlie Hammersmith, Maci Hammersmith, Jace Hammersmith, Blake Hammersmith, Lainey Hammersmith, and Tillie McGory; also his sister, Suzanne Jenny-Preston; and many nieces and nephews from the Ahlers, Poggiali, Reardon, Thompson, and Volz families.
   Thomas was preceded in death by the love of his life, Marylyn Claire (Volz) McGory on May 16, 1997; an infant son, Craig Joseph McGory in 1957; his parents, Walter and Florence (Kistner) McGory; a sister, Marilyn Poggiali in 2008; and a great grandson, Thomas James Christmann in 2010.
   There will be a private showing for the immediate family only.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, March 3, 2022, at 10 am at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Avenue, Sandusky.  Fr. Zachary Brown officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky.  Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #83 and the V.F.W. Post #2529 Color Guards.
   The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made in his name to Boys Town, P.O. Box 8000, Boystown, NE 68010, or to the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231,
    Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.
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Mass of Christian Burial
March 3, 2022

10:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church (Sandusky)

Private Family Visitation

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