Richard A. Tomcheck went to the end of the trail in the early morning of Sunday, August 14, 2016.
I was born March 5, 1931, the baby of the family of three older sisters, Geraldine “Muggs”, Lois “Sis” and Loraine.
I was preceded in death by my parents, Alma and Andy Tomcheck; sisters, Geraldine “Muggs” Eastman, Lois “Sis” Roeder and Loraine Gellein.
I graduated from Helena High School in 1949 where I played a couple of years of American Legion Baseball as first baseman. I then attended Carroll College where I also played baseball and football. I played tackle at times, both ways, but I loved defense the best. I was fortunate enough to have a linebacker by the name of Claude Weaver who loved to read plays, so well that he made the All-Conference, both my freshman and sophomore years of playing for the great coach, John Gagliardi, and we won the conference in both 1950 and 1951.
The Korean War was going strong and my good friends, Bing Gleason, Gump Anderson, Vic Burt, and I got drafted in 1951 and chose to enlist into the Marine Corps. After an honorable discharge from the Corps, I attended MSU in Bozeman on a football scholarship. My playing days were short lived as I got a bad injury or was it a beautiful blue-eyed blonde lady from Great Falls named Sharon Pearson. That was more fun to play with as we both graduated in 1956. We got married in 1958 in Great Falls. Sharon moved to Helena and started a teaching career at Helena High School as a typing teacher. She later got her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and retired from Capital High School. We had one daughter, Tracie Jo, who also graduated from MSU in 1982.
I had an Accounting Degree and worked several years for E.V. (Sonny) Omholt before going to work full time at the State Nursery where I spent 43 years working for the Mills Family. Mr. and Mrs. Mills (Big Bill and Ada) were just like a second Mom and Dad to me. We had a great bunch of people to work with. It was hard work, but the employees made it fun. We were one big family. Thanks to all, you know who you are.
Sharon and I divorced in 1976 and to this day we are still close friends. At this time in my life, I met a pretty young lady named Judy Smith. We spent 15 years together with her family, Shawna, Deidrie and my buddy Brandy, watching him ride broncs, good cowboy. What a great time we had together, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, going to Scapegoats and Bob Marshall Wilderness with our good friends.
I honestly believe I was able to be in love with two different women. First, Sharon and then Judy. If I hadn’t been afraid of another failure, I would have asked Judy for her hand in marriage.
I am survived by daughter, Tracie; grandson, Kyle Murphy; his father and good friend, Mike Murphy; granddaughter, Danielle Nelson; nephews, Louie Eastman of Canyon Ferry, Rick (Keri) Eastman and their sons, Trevor and Austin of Billings, Loren (Marta) Roeder and their family of California; nieces, Debbie (Moe) Shabani and their family of California; Pam Good of North Carolina and Cathy (Jeff) Edwards and their family of Billings; cousin, Colleen (Jack) Mitchell and their family of Great Falls.
God Bless all of you, HE sure was good to me.
My family and I wish to thank my home health care nurses, Beth and Diane, the nurses at Big Sky Care Center and Melissa from Hospice for their care given to me in my final days.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at Saint Mary Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Avenue. Rite of Committal and military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A reception will be held at Jorgenson’s Restaurant immediately following the burial. Memorials in Dick’s name are suggested to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots; P.O. Box 6896 Helena, Montana 59604. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Dick.