He was born March 28, 1943 in Coshocton to Norman Taylor and June Elizabeth (Funk) Cullison. He was a 1961 graduate of Warsaw High School. He entered the US Navy on Jan. 23, 1962, and served until his honorable discharge on May 23, 1966. He was a roll grinder at AK Steel for 17 years, and volunteered at the Salvation Army, the New Life Ministries Food Pantry, and was a former Coshocton Co. Fair Board member. He was an Elder at New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, and was involved in and enjoyed many church activities and missions. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, farming and mowing grass, and wood-working.
Tom was such an inspiration to family, friends, and many cancer survivors. He loved the Triune God, and wanted to be a faithful servant. After his first diagnosis of cancer, he felt his personal scripture was Philippians 1:21, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
He is survived by his mother, June E. Cullison of Warsaw, his loving wife of 49 years, Linda S. (Smith) Cullison of Warsaw, whom he married Feb. 15, 1964, four sons; Joe (Gina) Cullison of Warsaw, John (Carla) Cullison of Warsaw, Glenn (Gloria) Cullison of Warsaw, and Chris (fiancé Elisabete De Sousa) Cullison of Columbus, nine grandchildren; Angela (Shane) Fortune, Tony White, and Tommy, Cassandra, Daniel, Grant, Matthew, Grace, and William Cullison, two brothers; Larry (Carol) Cullison, and Rick (Sherry) Cullison, both of Warsaw, a sister, Mary (Ken) Morrow of New Lebanon, several nieces and nephews, and two brothers-in-law, Glenn (Rene) Smith of Green River, AZ and Hugh (Glenda) Smith of Warsaw.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Cullison, his father-in-law, Kenneth Smith, and mother-in-law, Imogene Hacker.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday Aug. 24, 2013 at New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw with Pastor Bill Dunfee officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the church from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Friday Aug. 23rd, and one hour prior to service time Saturday. The Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw is handling arrangements. www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice – Health Services of Coshocton, P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton, OH 43812; to New Life Ministries Food Pantry, 727 S. 7th St., Coshocton, OH 43812; to New Beginnings Ministries Missions, 331 E. Church St., Warsaw, OH 43844; or to the Salvation Army, 219 N. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812.
Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw