Thomas H, Buffington, age 93, of Quincy, died Friday, November 8, 2019, at 2:04 pm in Good Samaritan Home.
Thomas was born March 1, 1926 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Thomas James and Florence Sloan Buffington. He married Norma Irene Tieken on July 10, 1954 in Luther Memorial Church, Quincy, IL. She survives.
Thomas was drafted at the age of 18 years old to serve in WWII. He served as a T5 on a tank crew in the 4th and 16th Armored Cavalry in Europe under General George S. Patton, He was employed as a machinist and toolmaker for 40 years with Gardner Denver. Thomas built and flew radio controlled airplanes since the age of 13 years old. He was a former president of the Quincy Falcons, a model airplane club. Thomas was a member of Luther Memorial Church and the VFW 5129.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Norma, include his son, Terre Wayne (Nancy) Buffington of Canton, MO; four grandsons: Terrence Buffington of Orlando, FL; Thomas Wayne Buffington of SD; Travis Tieken Buffington of WA; and Kiley (Lacy) Turnbaugh of Canton, MO; four great grandchildren: Tyler and Samantha Buffington of Kittery, Maine; Tieken Buffington of Bartow, FL; and Levi Turnbaugh of Canton, MO; three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Spratt, Jean Evans and Mary Tieken; a niece, Judy Spratt; and a nephew, Rodney Spratt, all of Quincy.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers-in-law: Cleo Spratt, Ed Evans, and Merle Tieken; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Tieken, and a great granddaughter, Tabitha Buffington.
Services: 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Tony Metz officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, with full military rites performed by American Legion Post #37
Visitation: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Monday, November 11, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Luther Memorial Church or Blessing Foundation for Hospice.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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I remember Tom when I worked at gardners How he cared for Yvonne and Lillie .He always managed to say hello to me when he would visit them. Fly high old friend
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