Thomas  Petso
Thomas Petso

Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio
Resided in Aurora, CO
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Tom Petso grew up in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He was a World War II Veteran who was also a Pearl Harbor survivor. He returned to Pearl Harbor every year since 2011 with The Greatest Generations Foundation. Tom graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University courtesy of the GI Bill and later attended graduate school at Northwestern University.

After hitchhiking from Martins Ferry to Gary, Indiana to stay with his aunt for a night, Tom found there were many jobs in Gary. He also met his wife Katherine in Gary. Tom owned Munster Lumber Company for many years until 1979 thanks to his friend and mentor Glenn Hannah. Tom spent seven years helping to raise money to build Munster Community Hospital and was elected vice-president of the Munster Medical Research Foundation. He was a Police Commissioner in Munster, Indiana for nine years as well as being on the board of directors for the former Calumet National Bank in Hammond, Indiana for thirteen years. He was a Burger King franchisee in Gary and Hammond, Indiana with his friend Bruce Hayne.

After leaving northwest Indiana, Tom and his wife moved to Carmel, Indiana to be close to other relatives who migrated south. He started working at the IRS at age 74 as he wanted something challenging to do. When he retired from the IRS at age 89, they tried to get him to stay for another year. He refused, then moved to Aurora, Colorado and stayed retired. Tom enjoyed tennis, exercising, helping people and telling jokes.

Tom Petso died February 6, 2017 peacefully at The Denver Hospice surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Katherine, children Lexi (Mike) Hutto, Steve (Wade Wyckoff), brother-in-law Michael (Mary) Janzou, sister-in-law Marilou (Pete) Hendle, niece Smira (Michael) Appleman, nephew Michael (Ulrike) Janzou, niece Lisa (Jack) Swift, nephew Steve (Donna) Janzou, grandchildren Julie (John) Mercado, Christopher (Christine) Hutto, Steven Hutto, great-grandchildren Carter Mercado, Addison Hutto, Graham Mercado and additional loving family and friends.

Visitation 4-7 PM, Memorial 7 PM Thursday February 16, Horan & McConaty, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver. Military funeral 11:30 AM Fort Logan National Cemetery, Shelter B Friday February 17. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Denver Hospice or your favorite charity.




Horan & McConaty - Colorado
1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO US 80246
Thursday, February 16, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebration of Life
Horan & McConaty - Colorado
1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO US 80246
Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Area B
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO US 80235
Friday, February 17, 2017
11:30 AM


The Greatest Generations Foundation
3773 Cherry Creek N Drive #575
Denver, CO US 80209
Denver Hospice
425 South Cherry Creek Street #700
Denver, CO 80246