Thomas M. Sherman - May 25, 2014Thomas M. Sherman, 94, of Marquette, died at Hamilton Manor in Aurora on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Memorial services will be Friday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Solt Funeral Home in Central City with Rev. Mike Eickhoff officiating. Military rites by Aurora American Legion Post #42. Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com
Thomas Montgomery was born on Dec. 30, 1919 in rural Nemaha County to Tom and Elizabeth (Darrow) Sherman. Thomas grew up in rural Nemaha County, graduating from Peru Prep School in 1939. After graduation Thomas worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp until enlisting in the Army on Feb. 25, 1942. During his time in the Army, Thomas was stationed for 30 months in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany while serving with the 636 Tank Destroyer Battalion. Thomas was a Scout Sergeant; spending over 600 days in combat. For Thomas’ service he was awarded the Bronze Star, with V for Valor in combat. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Oct. 11, 1945. While serving our country Thomas met Louise Jacqueline Cox, and they were united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1945 in Hyannis, Mass. To this union they had three children; James, Charlotte, and Karl. Thomas and Louise then returned to Nebraska where he enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and attained his bachelor’s degree in 1949. After graduating from college Thomas worked as the County Extension Agent for Lancaster and Knox Counties. In 1953 he returned to Hamilton County to farm. Then in 1962 Thomas bought his own farm and remained working there until his health would no longer allow. Thomas was also the Hamilton County Commissioner for 24 years.
Thomas was a member of the Aurora American Legion Post #42. He received numerous awards including the 1979 Conservation Farm Award and the Public Service Award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in 2004. He was on the Central Platte NRD Board. He wrote a book about his army experiences called “Seek Strike and Destroy” a history of the 636 TD Bn. He loved to garden, hunt, fish, and play cards. He also was a 4-H leader, he took care of and kept an eye on Tooley Park, and loved to be around people. His greatest love was for his family though.
Those left to cherish his memory are his three children - James (Chau) Sherman of Vietnam, Charlotte Foulk of Marquette, and Karl Sherman of York; 7 grandchildren - Brian (Laura) Sherman, Dan (Melanie) Foulk, Sam (Sassi) Sherman, Steven Sherman, Jason Sherman, Annie Sherman, and Luke Sherman; 6 great-grandchildren; and one brother - Henry Sherman of Pierre, SD and special friend - Ruby Trambly of Hastings.
Preceding Thomas in death were his parents; his wife, Louise; three brothers - Earl Sherman, Harold Sherman, and Roland Sherman; four sisters - Hazel Ebbinga, Ethel Allgood, Carrie Henry, and Mayme Adams; and a daughter-in-law; Joy Marie Sherman.