Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Obituaries

July 25, 2011

Thomas E. Wakefield 1922-2011

ASHLAND — Thomas E. Wakefield, 88, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Ashland, a son of the late Edgar T. and Edna Jones Wakefield, and a direct descendant of Thomas Wakefield of Ireland, a Revolutionary War patriot. His favorite story was to tell that the address of his birthplace was also his birthday.

He retired from Armco Steel in the sales department in Middletown, Ohio. He was a graduate of Ashland Senior High School and a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who served with the 432nd Squadron of the 27th Bomb Group as a B-26 pilot. He flew 40 combat missions in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. He was awarded the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf clusters, the American Theater Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal (the Ruptured Duck).

Tom was a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds.

Tom was also preceded in death by his wife, Reba Powers Wakefield, in 1999; brothers Ralph and William Wakefield; and a sister, Mary Hollingsworth.

Survivors include daughters Joy M. Hoffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cathy L. Smith and husband Leroy of Elizabethtown; a brother-in-law, Jim Powers of Ashland; nieces Carol H. Thomas of Roanoke, Texas, and Sue (Robert) Owens of Greenwood, Del.; grandchildren Wayne (Leslie) Hoffman, Heather (Pete) Bromer, and Robyn (Chris) Fields all of Cincinnati, Olivia Roberts of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Henry Lee Roberts of Louisville; and great-grandchildren Samantha Jackson and Jaydin Fields and Nathan, Michael and Nicholas Bromer, all of Cincinnati.

The family wishes to thank caregivers Juanita Pendleton, Diana Bias, Brenda Adkins, Ashley Fritz and Ashland Community Hospice.

 Military graveside rites will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel by the Rev. John Street. There will be no visitation. Services are under the direction of the Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel in Ashland.

 Donations may be sent to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.

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