John Philip Tomberlin, 82, born June 28, 1938, in Wellsville, Kansas, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 7, 2020, after bravely battling lung cancer.
In remembrance of John’s life, a luncheon and service will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at the Princeton Community Building. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of John Tomberlin to Smoked Creations to contribute to the main course for the celebration. Due to the coronavirus, social distancing and wearing masks are suggested. Friends and family are invited to post their condolences and memories on John’s tribute site at http://www.gracefulmemorialchapel.com/obituary/john-tomberlin or https://www.facebook.com/john.tomberlin.10 .
John was one of 10 children born to Charles Franklin Toumberlin and Elva Alice Doudna. He spent his early years in Wellsville and went to school in Ottawa, Kansas.
In 1958, he married Jacqulyne Hollon and served in the Army during the Korean conflict. After returning home, he was a lineman for Northern Telephone and they moved back to Wellsville in 1964. They had three daughters, Lisa, Julie and Rhonda, before divorcing in 1976.
Moving to Ottawa, he had one daughter, Lori, with Cynthia Kersley. He married Katherine Karl in 1979 and had two daughters, Annika and Amber. During that time, he worked as a general foreman for several companies, including Flour Daniels, and they lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
Divorcing in 2000, he moved to the Houston area and eventually settled in Weimar, Texas. He shared his life-long love of fishing with many and in his later years he could always be found caring his guineas, or lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs, cats, peacocks and turkeys in the home he made with his partner, Peggy Murrin.
John never met a challenge he could not tackle, would willingly help others at the drop of a hat, and was determined to the point of stubbornness (a shared Toumberlin trait). He was never one to put off until tomorrow what could be done today and knew the value of hard work. He shared the gift of music and singing, as did most of his family — and he had a beautiful voice. He never wavered in his ability to see the good in all things and always found a way to get something done, even if by an unconventional path. He leaves a legacy of kindness to everyone, a love of John Wayne to others, and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Julie Ann Tomberlin; parents, and nine siblings, Mary J. LeValley, Delbert E. Toumberlin, Albert J. Toumberlin, Kenneth L. Toumberlin, Lucille E. Hopkins, Daniel F. Toumberlin, Charles E. Toumberlin, William G. Toumberlin and Betty J. Robertson.
He is survived by children, Lisa Marie Copeland (Ben), of Tomball, Texas; Rhonda Fern Crawley (CJ), of Ottawa, Kansas; Lori Beth Harris (Todd), of Moss Hill, Texas; Annika Jean Chambers (Rowland), Knoxville, Tennessee; Amber Lea Brown (Bo), Fort Worth, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Tiffany Bouska (Michael), Dustin Petty (Meghan Ashley), Crystal Petty, Tyler Tomberlin (Saidee Coulson), Gage Crawley, Nicole Crawley, Chase Crawley (Cassie), Hunter Crawley, Ryan Harris, Jackson Harris and Arthur Chambers; nine great-grandchildren, Darious, Adam, Brady, Chloe, Madison, Cayden, Ronnie, and Natalie, as well as countless nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
In honor of his service to our country, a Celebration of Remembrance will be 11:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at the Houston National Cemetery with a full military honor and formal gun salute.
If you are attending, please arrive no earlier than 10:45am. The service will start promptly at 11:15 a.m. with social distancing and masks suggested. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in John’s name to Houston Pet’s Alive! at https://www.houstonpetsalive.org/donateform.