Thomas Dee Cormany, 88, Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. He became suddenly ill at his home on Saturday afternoon. Tom was born on June 8, 1933, the son of Dee F. and Charlotte Gertrude (Vernette) Cormany.
He graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1951 and then married Lois Jean Krider on November 22, 1952 at Troy Presbyterian Church. Tom served with the US Army as a Corporal from 1953-1955 until the Korean War ended.
Tom was utmost a lifetime Whitley County farmer and retired from Dana Corporation of Fort Wayne with over 30 years of service. He loved his Lord and Savior and was a devoted member of Collins United Methodist Church for the past 64 years. Tom was very active in his church serving as a former Superintendent, Lay Leader and Sunday School Teacher. He assisted with many church services in local nursing homes as a Gideon. He also served on Whitley County Council on Aging Board, was a two term Whitley County Councilman and a board member of Faith Christian Academy.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lois Cormany of Columbia City; four children, Kathy (Richard) Studebaker, Columbia City; Jody (George) Gaerte, Columbia City; Lori (Ron) Dunn, Larwill and Jim (Cindy) Cormany, Columbia City; four siblings including, Phyllis Wilkinson, Syracuse; Joyce (Carl) Kessie, Ray (Ardith) Cormany and Nancy (Ron) Myer all of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and son in law, Bill Monesmith.
Visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, July 18, and 9-10 a.m. Monday, July 19, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 19, at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Shoaff of Collins United Methodist Church and Pastor Larry Schmoekel a former pastor of the church, will be officiating. Committal services and burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, rural Churubusco. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by the Whitley County Korean Honor Guard.
Memorial bequests may be given in Mr. Cormany’s memory to Gideon’s International or Collins United Methodist Church.