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Thomas R. McGeehan

March 20, 1940 - March 12, 2018

Prayer Service - Friday

March 23, 2018
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Memorial Service - Saturday

March 24, 2018
- 1:00 PM

Olivet Lutheran Church

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Boulger Funeral Home

Thomas R. McGeehan

March 20, 1940 - March 12, 2018

Obituary

Thomas Richard McGeehan, 77, of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at Sanford Medical Center on Monday, March 12, 2018. He had courageously battled a combination of pulmonary fibrosis, vasculitis, and renal failure.

Tom was born on March 20, 1940, in St. Paul, MN, the son of Richard and Eleanore (Jerue) McGeehan. He grew up in St. Paul graduating from St. Thomas Military Academy, later attending St. Thomas College. The focus of his growing up years was sports. He especially enjoyed baseball becoming a lifelong fan.

All of his working career centered on being a salesman. His first position was with the St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press. He was living in MN at the time and was married to Ellen Williams. After moving to Fargo, Tom worked as sales manager for KTHI, Richtman Printing, and was co-owner of Valley Printing. He was actively involved in several community and business organizations. Among them were the Moorhead JCs, Knights of Columbus, FM Chamber, Tip Club, and FM Walleye. Tom looked forward each year to attending a silent retreat at the Jesuit Retreat House in MN. He also coached Babe Ruth baseball and was a Bison Team Maker.

Tom was devoted to family, fishing, and reading. He spent many years enjoying hiking and backpacking. Most important for him this past year was celebrating 45 years of being a “Friend of Bill’s.” His enormous impact on the “Friends of Bill” community will be lasting. He was married to Sharon Strand Abrahamson for 33 years. Becoming a grandfather and great grandfather was a special joy. But the best days were spent on a lake fishing with family and good friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon, and children: Shawn Peraza (Ozzie) Kindred, ND, Richard McGeehan, Fargo, ND, Michael McGeehan, Fargo, ND, Patrick McGeehan, Fargo, ND, Timothy McGeehan ( Victoria) Scottsdale, AZ, and Michael Abrahamson (Marjorie) Seattle, WA; thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to express gratitude to those doctors, nurses, and aides whose attention and care for Tom and family members went well beyond what may have been expected.

A prayer service is scheduled at Boulger Funeral Home on Friday, March 23, at 7:00 PM.

An ecumenical memorial service will be at Olivet Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Kris Gorden and Fr. Scott Karnik officiating.

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13 responses to “Thomas McGeehan”

  1. Susie Balsdon says:

    Sharon and all of Tom’s family. I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was always so nice to me. In the quiet moments, when the hurt is hard to bear, may love become your shelter and may the beauty of precious memories be your comfort. You are held in gentle thought and prayers. Thoughts of heartfelt sympathy are with you in the loss of husband, father and grandfather.

  2. Jill M Schroeder says:

    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing! Hoping your memories of him help you through this time.

  3. Doug & Debbie says:

    Sharon & family, so very sorry to hear about Tom. I had the pleasure to work with him at Richtmans Printing. Tom was very instrumental in introducing me into Demontriville. I will always remember Tom in my prayers. May he rest in peace with all the Holy Angels and Saints in Heaven.

  4. Debbie Bjorem says:

    I will never ever forget you Tom and the wisdom you had and the advice that you gave too many of us that know Bill W…… my continued prayers onward and upward to the family. Although you are no longer with us physically you will remain in our hearts forever.

  5. Tom O'Meara says:

    What a well lived life. 45 years of sobriety, what a feat. He used to drink with my Dad and taught me the joy of living without the drink. A leader among Men. He will be sorely missed and my condolences go out his family and his other family.

  6. Faye and Tom Erbes says:

    Dear Sharon and family.. our sincere sympathies.Will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.. Always enjoyed visiting with Tom. Sincerely …

  7. Paula Larsen says:

    Sharon and family, Tom will be missed by all who knew him. I will remember him as an energetic, positive, salesman, and a trustworthy man who had the best interests of his employees at heart. He was a caring friend and concerned mentor to many people as well. All of his work and meaningful relationships would not have been possible without your love and support, Sharon. I’m sure that Christmases won’t be the same without him either as that was his favorite holiday with family. I hope it helps to know that others share in your sorrow. May you find comfort in remembering the many happy times you had together. Love, Paula Larsen

  8. Valerie Gravalin says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  9. Dick and Mary Warner says:

    Sharon and family,
    So sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and for Tom.

  10. Vicky Nelson says:

    To the Family of Thomas McGeehan: May God wrap His loving arms around you and hold precious memories in your hearts. Remember what a difference Tom made in so many lives. He is truly a child of God. He did the best with what he had. Who could ever ask for more…..

  11. Wally Fatland says:

    Dear Sharon and family, I was sorry to have missed him when he was at Bethany and heard things were not going well. He was instrumental in my early days of sobriety and remained so through today. His sharing and caring for those of us through the years has been a blessing. May God bless you and comfort you through this time of loss.

  12. Gary R Christian says:

    Sharon, Learned from Bob S about Tom. His wisdom and friendship helped me at a critical time in my life and his memory; will live with me and many others. Thank you for being with him in his journey through life.
    Gary Christian

  13. Bryan Shinn says:

    Sharon and Family, I just heard about Tom’s passing Wednesday morning at Tips Club. So sorry for your loss! As I’m sure you know, Tom was one of the founding members of the Tips Club and now 20 something years later I’m the longest active member. Always loved Tom’s positive attitude and hearing his fishing stories and bragging about his kids. He will be missed!!

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