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Thomas Erwin Dalton

December 5, 1923 — March 18, 2014

Thomas "Tom" Erwin Dalton, 90, of Jefferson City, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though he resided there for just a short time, he became quite popular among the residents and staff. He was born on December 5, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo, the son of the late Homer and Gertrude (Gier) Dalton. Tom was a 1941 graduate of Northeast High School, Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Kansas before joining the United States Marines. He served in some of the worst Pacific battles in Saipan during World War II. After joining the Marine Reserves, he was one of the first groups called into service for the Korean Conflict. When he returned home, he finished his education at Joplin Community College. He was united in marriage on February 11, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo., to Nancy Isabel Gage who preceded him in death on August 8, 2011. Tom was owner and operator of Missouri Builders Service, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph; a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1054; and a past member of Meadow Lake Country Club. He enjoyed golf, an occasional game of poker, and was very well traveled. He was a generous man and contributed to many organizations. Always the life of the party, he never knew a stanger. For over fifty years, he and his wife had a great group of friends that shared many good times together. Survivors include: three daughters, Mary Colleen Dalton (Douglas W. Briggs, Jr.) Vienna, VA; Annemarie Dalton, Kansas City, MO; Ellen (Trey) DeBose, Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren, Samantha Cowan; Bridget Minor, Thomas Briggs, and Claire Briggs. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and six brothers and sisters. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with the Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to Helias High School, 1305 Swifts Hwy, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the website.
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