Thomas Allen Stobie went home to the Lord on December 11, 2021, passing away at St. Patrick Hospital.
Born on January 1, 1943 in Spokane, Washington to William and Elizabeth (Rosenbom) Stobie. He grew up in the Spokane area. After high school he attended Biola University in California.
In 1962, he enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. Early in his career he swam on the Navy Swim Team. He was qualified as an aircrewman in the P3 Aircraft and was also an Instructional Programmer for several years.
In 1980, while stationed at NAS Whidbey Island he met his future wife on a blind date. They married two years later.
He transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1984 after 22 years of active service. He obtained his Associates in Technical Art (Automotive Technology) from Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. He was a mechanic most of his life. He restored old cars, including cutting and sewing the leather upholstery.
While living in Anaconda, Montana Tom worked for the Anaconda Job Corp and the Old Works Golf Course. He purchased and remodeled a bar which he owned for a few years. In 2000, he completed the Golfsmith Training School of Advanced Club making, Fitting and Repair in Austin, Texas. Club making was Tom’s hobby for many years.
Tom was an all-around handyman. He was a builder, roofer, laid tile, and did brickwork. He had a beautiful voice and played the guitar. Tom loved golf, enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping and fishing. Tom was a kind man, always willing to help others.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his sons, Timothy “Tim” and Theodore “Tedd” Stobie, his brothers, William “Bill” and Wayne Stobie.
Tom is survived by his wife, Ardina, grandchildren, Willow and Autumn Range, sister, Jeanine (Steve) Munter; sister-in-law, Marietta Stern; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Sherry) Stern, Ronald (Cheryl) Stern; Delwin (Joanne) Stern; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at gardencityfh.com.