Tom Allen Wherry was born to Tom E. and Betty (Barr) Wherry on September 7, 1936 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Tom grew up in Tecumseh and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1955. While in high school, Tom participated in football, basketball and track. He was proud to be a member of the Tecumseh High School state basketball team in 1954 along with his brother John.
After graduation Tom attended Tarkio College and Hastings College and later received his funeral director and embalming license. He served in the Army from 1960 to 1962 in Germany. He was always interested in geology, astronomy, walking and photography. Tom was very musically inclined and enjoyed playing the piano and guitar and singing, especially singing and going to contests with the Homestead Harmonizers in Beatrice. Tom loved traveling and traveled all over the United States including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Canada, Germany, France, The Netherlands, the Orient and Australia.
Tom joined his older brothers Art and John in the family funeral business along with their father Tom E. Wherry, faithfully serving families in their time of need with funeral homes in Tecumseh, Pawnee City and Humboldt. He was a 50 yr. member of the Nebraska Funeral Director's Association. Tom was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was an Elder and assisted with music programs.
Tom passed away January 4, 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 84 years.
Tom is survived by his siblings, Mary York and husband Tom of Kearney, Art Wherry and wife Edie of Humboldt, John Wherry and wife Bernie of Pawnee City and Jane Koll of Minneapolis, MN, nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Nancy and Ann.
To Be A Funeral Director
To be a director is to know the history and heritage of your work in the community, to sense the solemnness of sorrow and to reach out to the aching heart of a friend or stranger,
allowing them to be whoever they need to be.
To be a director is to represent the most dignified face of commerce through ethical and compassionate business standards and to hold fast to those values at all times.
To be a director is to understand the central place of families, their courage and closeness, their individual and collective distances and fears.
To be a director is to comprehend the inevitability of death and honor with integrity the memory of the dead.
To be a director is to be a beacon in the community, to love it and to cherish its place in the life of each citizen.
To be a director is to be willing to hold one hand or many at the very portal of another world and to comfort those brave and noble souls left behind.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at the Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh with Rev. Ken Tubbesing officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Wherry Mortuary/Wherry Monument Facebook page and radio broadcast on FM 88.7 for those choosing to stay in their vehicles. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, at the Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh.
Memorials may go to the family's choice.
Interment will be in the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Nebraska with military honors by the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team.
Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
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