Thomas James Treece, 70, of Ochelata, died Monday in Bartlesville.
Thomas, or Tom as he was known, was born the son of Jesse Thomas and Maryann (Speigle) Treece on July 26, 1947, in Taylorville, IL. The family lived in Illinois, Arizona and California before settling in Tulsa. Tom started work in the grocery business which he enjoyed - his hard work proved fruitful and he was promoted to night manager in 1970, assistant manager in 1971, and store manager in 1978. While working he met a nice Tulsa University student Susan and they quickly hit it off attending the Tulsa State Fair on their first date and uniting in marriage the next April 2, 1971.
In 1978, they moved to Bartlesville where Tom was manager of the Madison Safeway. They found a small farm in Ochelata where they lived for several years before moving to their current home in Ochelata. He was a hard worker and a good provider for his family oftentimes taking on side work with his lawn mowing business which also offered a double benefit to his kids who enjoyed working and learning the meaning of an honest day’s pay. Most recently he worked part-time at Food Pyramid in produce until he had to retire due to health issues.
Tom and Susan had 47 years of loving marriage and enjoyed doing many things together including Junkin’ for treasures, working on the house and taking the kids on road trips in the truck camper to California. Tom had a passion for four wheeling, motorcycles, cars, model trains, and buying and trading cars and guns. He was a wonderful grandfather who went to great lengths to dream up games and tales for his grandsons including imaginary characters who were always up to no good. Tom outworked, outplayed and out-loved those around him, and he will be dearly missed.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Susan of the home, daughter Annie Tidrick and her husband Matt of Collinsville; son Bill Treece of Collinsville; two grandsons Landen and Luke Tidrick; sister Debra Armstrong of Bartlesville; and six nieces and nephews, Keaton Treece, Shari Cawvey, Rachel Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong, Felicia Armstrong and Jonathan Armstrong. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Bill Richard Treece.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 10-8 at the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel, 4201 Nowata Road (Hwy. 60), Bartlesville.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Sat., June 23, at City Church, with Pastor Mary Turner officiating. Interment will follow in the Ochelata Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Pastor Mary Turner