Tom Tostenson, of Gold Beach, passed away with his wife by his side on Nov. 29, 2019 while visiting family in Reno, Nevada.
Tom is survived by his wife of 36 years, Drusilla; daughters Druann Sophusson Bias (Johnnie) of Truckee, California, Debbie Clark (Ed Horan) of Reno, Nevada, Diane Sophusson of Seattle, Washington and many beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Tom was born on July 26, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to parents Amy and William Tostenson, and spent his early years in Wheaton, Minnesota. At the age of 15, he moved to Seattle, Washington with his father. He entered the Army Civil Air Patrol at the age of 17, and subsequently served in the United State Air Force, where he was trained to fly C-47’s. He moved to Lake Tahoe in the 1940’s to work after the service. Tom later returned to Seattle, started a family and worked in the insurance business.
Tom married Drusilla in Seattle in 1983, moving to Reno soon after. They retired to Gold Beach in 1995. He loved his wife and family very much and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and camping with his grandchildren. He won prizes at the County Fair for his elephant garlic and sweet onions. Tom enjoyed construction and renovation projects, and was especially proud of the Sugar Shack, the playhouse he built for his granddaughters. He had a special place in his heart for their young neighbor, Emma.
Tom was a social and active man. He served as President and Treasurer of the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery for many years. He was happiest when those he loved were well taken care of and happy Family and friends will always remember him as a hard-working, generous, honest, and caring person, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Cremation arrangements have been made in Reno, and a gathering for friends and family will be held in Gold Beach at a later date.