March 23, 2018
- 7:00 PM
March 24, 2018
- 1:00 PM
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.