Thomas Eldon Earley

Thomas Eldon Earley, 72, of Independence, MO passed away April 27, 2013 at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at Church of God Seventh Day at 9207 Old Santa Fe Rd., Kansas City, MO 64138.

Mr. Earley was born in Nowata County, OK on March 14, 1941. He served in the Navy from 1960 – 1962. He married Karen K. Watson March 4, 1962 and divorced September 14, 1993. They had two daughters, Karla Denise Braden born March 3, 1966 and Melinda Kay Clark born July 3, 1971.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph W. Earley and mother Beulah A. Earley, also four siblings; Peggy S. Earley, Norma J. Wall, Wayne D. Earley and Ina M. Bechtel.

Mr. Earley’s survivors include his two daughters, Karla and Mindy and six grandchildren; Kari Gonzales, Aimee Bowling, Alicia Bowling, Amanda Clark, Amber Clark and Ashley Clark. He also has seven great grandchildren; Nicolas Gonzales, Savannah Gonzales, Austin Gonzales, Blake Gonzales, Zavier Griffin, Caden Wilkinson and Zane Clark. His surviving siblings are Bill Earley, Joe Earley, Martha Earley, Dan Earley, Harry Earley, Mary Kay Henry, Janet Montavy, Jerry Earley and Jack Earley.

Thomas, Tom to his friends and family, was a very sentimental man. He bought his eldest daughter Karla a record on her tenth birthday called Daddy’s Girl which they enjoyed listening to and even after all these years they both got teary eyed every time they heard it. He also had a favorite song that he shared with his daughter Mindy called Let Me Be There which they were known to sing together on many occasions. He enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren and relished every family get together with them.

Tom loved to fish and was very content just to sit on the bank of a pond and enjoy the quiet time that he shared with nature. He also loved to cook and make various concoctions that he would deem “Tom’s Grub”. He was very interested in creating inventions that were of a mechanical nature. He often said, “If I only had the money to invest in these ideas I would be a rich man”. He will be very greatly missed.

In Lieu of flowers please send donations to Heartland Hospice Care of Kansas City who took such good care of him.




  1. Dennis and Peggy Winfrey on May 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    We remember Tom fondly as a former classmate at Neodesha Highschool. Especially remember his smile and good sense of humor. To his family we send heartfelt sympathy. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time.

  2. mary butler on May 3, 2013 at 1:47 am

    may he rest in peace with our eternal father, i will always remember tom with fond thoughts . he was a very caring and giving person.

  3. Van Sutherland on May 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I didn’t know Tom came from such a large family. He moved to Neodesha during high school and he and I were in the Junior Class Play together. I got to know him pretty well at that time. He had a great personality and I enjoyed being in the play with him. My sincere sympathy to the family.

  4. Ginger Talley Hefley on May 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I remember Tom as a very nice young man in high school. His sister, Martha (Marty) was my good friend.
    My husband, Bill, and I send our deepest sympathy to all of Tom’s family.

  5. Leslee Bowers on May 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Dana and Family very sorry for you loss of a great uncle, and brother. May he find all the peace with our Lord in heaven.
    Jim and Leslee Bowers

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