September 7, 1936 ~ January 4, 2021
Tom Allen Wherry was born to Tom E. and Betty (Barr) Wherry on September 7, 1936 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Tom grew up in Tecumseh and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1955. While in high school, Tom participated in football, basketball and track. He was proud to be a member of the Tecumseh High School state basketball team in 1954 along with his brother John.
After graduation Tom attended Tarkio College and Hastings College and later received his funeral director and embalming license. He served in the Army from 1960 to 1962 in Germany. He was always interested in geology, astronomy, walking and photography. Tom was very musically inclined and enjoyed playing the piano and guitar and singing, especially singing and going to contests with the Homestead Harmonizers in Beatrice. Tom loved traveling and traveled all over the United States including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Canada, Germany, France, The Netherlands, the Orient and Australia.
Tom joined his older brothers Art and John in the family funeral business along with their father Tom E. Wherry, faithfully serving families in their time of need with funeral homes in Tecumseh, Pawnee City and Humboldt. He was a 50 yr. member of the Nebraska Funeral Director’s Association. Tom was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was an Elder and assisted with music programs.
Tom passed away January 4, 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 84 years.
Tom is survived by his siblings, Mary York and husband Tom of Kearney, Art Wherry and wife Edie of Humboldt, John Wherry and wife Bernie of Pawnee City and Jane Koll of Minneapolis, MN, nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Nancy and Ann. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska with Rev. Ken Tubbesing officiating. Vocalist, Dr. Mark Wherry, sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Homestead Harmonizer Quartet sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Pallbearers were Art Wherry, John Wherry, Jim Wherry, Steve Wherry, Dr. Mark Wherry, Jim York, Blaine Horalek, Trevor Lamb, Ken Wherry and Bill Barr. Interment was in the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Nebraska with military honors by the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh, Nebraska.