Tommy Joe Morgan

Tommy Joe Morgan, age 85, died Monday September 5, 2022, in Sparks, Nevada.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937, his family relocated to Hamilton, Ohio early on.  He played football in high school for the Hamilton Big Blue, and then went on to Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, played for legendary coach Woody Hayes on the 1957 National Championship football team, and was on the winning Rose Bowl squad in 1958.  He was a proud member of the Varsity O Club all his life, as well as a die hard Buckeye fan always. Graduating from OSU in 1959, Tom was in the Air Force Reserve for a brief time, and then went on to work for many large companies as a sales representative, including Wyeth Labs, 3M and Grumman.

Tom married the love of his life, Judy, in 1961, and they had two sons.

Tom, his wife and family settled in Seabrook, Texas in 1976, where he would spend most of his life, and in retirement, bought and managed his favorite neighborhood bar in the Clear Lake, Texas area for nearly ten years.

Tom had a lifelong love of travel, and loved to take his family on camping vacations to the shore or the mountains, and spent many happy days driving around the country in his van with his dogs later in life, always heading for the mountains and cool weather.

Tom lost his beloved wife, Judy, in 1996, and was also preceded in death by his parents, Freeman and Bessie, brother Gus and sisters Clara, Dean and Jean.  He is survived by his sons Michael (Angie) and Rik.  Granddaughters Lyndsey (Ben) Robinson, Cydne (Ryan) Robinson, Halley (Emmett) Rock and Rylie (Alex) Banning.  Great grandchildren Laiken, Renton and Jude.

No services are planned and a private burial service will be held at a later date, where he will join his beloved wife, Judy, in Clyde, Ohio.

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  • All of his nieces and nephews loved Uncle Tom! He was a family “legend” to us. He once drove Ernie Bank’s car from Florida to Chicago where my family was living and drove to our house. All the neighbors/Cub fans came out to see the car! My brothers and I were also impressed that he’s bought a bar and being old enough we all enjoyed going there with him on our visit to Seabrook. Uncle Tom was always a lot of fun and we looked forward to his visits especially his visits to New Orleans. He was quite the celebrity in his last visit to NO for the LSU Ohio State championship game. He was wearing an Ohio State a championship shirt and upon learning he’d played in that championship game in the Rose Bowl, everyone wanted a picture with him! He’s with the whole family now and can continue to tease the twins. But, we’ll all miss him.

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