Thomas L. Arkwright

Thomas L. Arkwright

Oct 31, 1924 – Oct 27, 2017

Preceded in death by wife, Marian L. Arkwright.  Survived by children and spouses: Stephen and Kathy, Michael and Barbara, Maria Jensen (Bob), Kathleen and Gary Christiansen, John (Cora); ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joe Wurtz, Sr.; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 30th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, October 31st at 11:15am at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Cathedral Grade School.




  • Denise Kean Posted October 28, 2017 7:26 pm

    Maria & rest of family,
    I have very fond memories of Tom! Such a sweet & kind man when we had visits at the house. My he was good at hitting fly balls to the outfield on our softball teams & was such a wonderful encourager. May Jesus & Holy Spirit hold you close during this time. Love, denise

  • Terry and Monika Maides Posted October 29, 2017 10:27 am


  • Bev Mayer Posted October 29, 2017 10:40 am

    Steve, Mike, Maria, Kathleen, John and families. I have only fond memories of Tom and the times we would be entertained by his humor and kindness. I know Dad always enjoyed many conversations together. Praying for all of you as you are comforted by your own memories. Love to all, Bev (middle child of Cleo)

  • Bob & Monica (Mayer) Schmidt Posted October 29, 2017 2:26 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about your father. Please know you all our in our thoughts, memories, and prayers. When I think of Tom, I immediately picture him as he would lead and act out the 12 days of Christmas at the Wurtz Family Christmas sung-a-long . We would look forward to it and laugh so much. He will keep all of heaven smiling!
    Wishing you all comfort from a distance.
    Monica and Bob

  • Suzy Wurtz Posted October 29, 2017 2:34 pm

    Oh, I just LOVE the happy photo of Uncle Tom! That’s how I remember him. He has such a wonderful life with so many activities. He is forever in our hearts as the conductor of the Christmas carols (I remember when he used to do all the motions by himself for The 12 Gifts). He was a man of great humor, love, and compassion. I also thank him for calling M.A, to tell her to tell me to go apply at Brandeis when I was 16. He had already paved the way for me. Rest in Peace, Uncle Tom.

  • Mary Lutz Posted October 29, 2017 6:46 pm

    Tom Arkwright was my softball coach when I was in Jr. High in the late 1960’s. His easy going personality and patience were some of his enduring traits. He taught me how to play softball, but also about how to approach life. Hard work, practice, don’t sweat the missed balls and enjoying the moment were some of his lessons. Life for Tom was about acceptance of others, doing your best and not sweating the small stuff. Taking a sing at whatever life throws at you. Sometimes you strike out, but other times you hit it out of the park. Thank you Tom for those lessons. My sympathies to the whole family. — Mary Lutz.

  • Deb Troia Posted October 31, 2017 8:19 pm

    Just saw this obituary for uncle Tom ,
    I remember Tom in many ways , tennis , garden, Brandeis , and love for your mom.
    Sending strength and love for a wonderful family .
    Deb Troia

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