Tom Bearden (Deceased 1939 - 2016)
Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2016
Tom, 77, of Louisville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. He was born March 29, 1939 in Louisville, a son of the late Robert S. and Eugenia "Jean" Kustes Bearden.
Tom was a district service manager for Xerox for 30 years. Following his retirement, Tom did contract work for Xerox for several years. He was also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Tom enjoyed golfing and all U of L sports. He was an avid reader. He admired all things Irish and liked Frank Sinatra's music. He once attempted to climb Mt. Rainier. Whether it was cross-country family vacations to our National Parks in the yellow station wagon or fishing trips to the Outer Banks in the pick-up truck - with Tom at the wheel, it was always an adventure. He was a proud father and grandfather and would do anything to support and to help his family. Stubborn, yet soft-hearted, with a subtle wit, Tom was a man who lived his life his way. His presence will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Bearden, and a niece, Sarah Bearden. Tom is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dee Bearden; children, Beth Jones (Bob), Todd Bearden (Tamara) and Dan Bearden (Lauren); five grandchildren, Leah, Nicholas, Lily, Anna, and Sam and his siblings, Stanley Bearden (Sandy), Carol Jean Dawson (George), Vikki Roberts (Mike), David Bearden (Jackie) and Kathy Vowels (Joe). His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 6th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 212 Mt. Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley. Ratterman Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Rd. East Louisville, KY 40243 was entrusted with arrangements. A gathering will be held immediately following the service at the church.
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller
Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter.