Tom was born on August 12, 1940 in South St. Louis, and enjoyed an animated youth with his siblings if his fascinating stories are to be believed. In his teenage years, Tom met Rita. They were married in 1960, and from that day on Tom referred to Rita as his bride. Together they raised their 5 children and weathered all the ups and downs of life, along with being parental influences to countless others along the way. His unconditional love and support has touched many generations who have already expressed how lucky they are to have known him.
Tom had a decorated career in law enforcement spanning over 51 years of service to several police departments in the St. Louis area. Tom originally served as a teletype operator (dispatcher) for 3 years for the St. Louis City Police Department. Then he moved to the St. Louis County Police Department for 36 years, where he later retired at the rank of Major. After a year of retirement, he just wasn’t ready to give up police work, so he then moved on to be the Chief of Ferguson. Twelve years later, he decided to retire for the good. The optimism of his spirit and tireless work ethic are reflected not only in his family, but also in the numerous officers and communities he served.
Always proud of each and every one of his large family, somehow he magically had the ability to make each truly believe we were his favorite. Tom’s children include John (Cheryl) Moonier, Christine (Tim) Stoverink, Katie (Richard) Erhard, Mary (Chuck) Weinman, and Erin (Michael) Goodman. His grandchildren include Meghan (Mark) Sauer, Christopher (Janna) Moonier, Josh (Julie) Moonier, Tim (Jennifer) Stoverink, Joe (Cristina) Stoverink, Jack (Madisyn Weiss) Stoverink, Tessa (Connor) Grumich, Sarah (Cody Sauer) Ehrhard, Danielle Ehrhard, Charlie (Jocelyn Celeste) Weinman, Mollie (Logan) Wagoner, Tommy Weinman, Zachary (Ginny Schranck) Weinman, Lily Goodman, Zoey Goodman, and Lucy Goodman. His great grandchildren include Grace, Louis, Emmelyn, Audrey, Mary-Kate, Elizabeth, Bridget, John, Maggie, Celia, Theo, Stella, Trey, Penelope, Jameson, Genevieve, Holden, Max, Eddie, and Aria.
Tom’s life will be celebrated with a memorial mass at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 9 at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta. 150 N. Elizabeth Ferguson, MO 63135. Visitation preceding mass starting at 10:00 a.m.
Tom has joined his sweet daughter Katie and precious granddaughter Danielle in Heaven, who have been patiently waiting for him. He is preceded in death by Joseph and Florence Higgens, brother Joe, and sisters Julie, Marie, and Laverne.
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