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Thomas Norton Sefton, 86, of Decatur, passed away at his residence on Saturday, February 25, 2012.
He was born on January 5, 1926, in Anderson, Ind., to the late E. M. “Pete” and Kathleen (Norton) Sefton.
He married Mary E. “Peg” VanHoy on October 29, 1955, and she preceded him in death on January 14, 2010.
Tom was a graduate of Indiana Mortuary College. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served as a prison guard in WWII and as a civilian embalmer in the Korean Conflict.
Tom and Peg resided in Anderson for several years before moving to Decatur in 1962 to purchase Gillig-Doan and Sefton Funeral Home. In 2005, he retired from the funeral industry after 57 years of service to the community, with his last position being at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864 and it’s Fourth Degree Assembly. He was active in numerous volunteer organizations including St. Vincent DePaul.
An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, his favorite pastimes were fishing, and watching Notre Dame football and Chicago Cubs' baseball. Tom was immensely proud of all of his grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching them play sports.
Tom is survived by three sons, Dr. Peter V. (Dr. Jayne) Sefton, of Redmond, Wash.; Patrick E. (Susan) Sefton, of Decatur; and Luke A. Sefton, of Sedona, Ariz; three daughters, Julie A. Sefton, of North Los Vegas, Nev.; Jane E. Sefton, of Indianapolis; and Jeanne M. (Greg) Henry, of Fort Wayne; brother G. William Sefton, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sister Sue (Gene) Kelsey, of Ft. Wayne; his grandchildren, Amie, Joe, Matt, Luke, Josh and John Sefton; and a very dear person, friend and caregiver, Beth Mack, of Decatur, who assisted during Tom’s extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, infant son Joseph Sefton, and sister Mary Kay Hirt.
Visitation is 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home. A reciting of the Holy Rosary will be at 2 p.m., followed by a St. Vincent DePaul Memorial Service.
A 10:20 a.m. prayer service will be held, also at the funeral home, on Wednesday, February 29, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.
Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Glenn Kohrman, Rev. Fr. David Voors and Rev. Philip DeVolder.
Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, St. Joseph Catholic School and Adams Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit.