Warren "Tom" Gleason Warren "Tom" Gleason made his peaceful journey to Eternity on October 12, 2016; after a long illness brought on by an accident in July 2013. In the last three years of his life, Tom fought 'the good fight'. He endured so much and continued to battle to the end. Tom was 83 years old at his final passing from this life to the loving presence of his Savior. Tom was born on June 29, 1933, in Great Falls, MT, to Warren & Lillian Gleason. His grandmother, Etta Smith, and great aunt, Bertha Annis, played key roles in helping raise and care for Tom and his cousin, Ray Bauer, when they were young men growing up in Great Falls. Tom graduated from Great Falls High School and later attended Montana State University in Bozeman. In 1951 Tom met the love of his life, Shirley Fayden, at 'Roundup Day' in Great Falls. They dated for three years and were married on May 28, 1955. They were blessed throughout their life with six children and two grandchildren. Tom was employed by the City of Great Falls as a City Engineer. In 1973, the family relocated to Helena and Tom made a career working for the State of Montana. He worked for the Highway Department as a Bureau Chief in the Equal Opportunity Department, and later retired from PERS. Tom loved traveling. He and Shirley were able to enjoy many years of travel and adventures after he retired at the young age of 51. They traveled to many countries with the most memorable being Ireland, Israel, and a missionary trip to Africa. He spent most of his life sharing his love of Jesus to help others encounter God's love and mercies in their lives with everyone/anyone who would listen. This was a very important part of who he was. Tom was an avid college football fan. On Saturdays you could find him in front of the TV, eating his sunflower seeds, and rooting for 'The Irish'. He loved classic cars, playing cards, boogie boarding in the ocean, and singing along with his favorite tunes if an opportunity arose. He was an outgoing and loving person with a good sense of humor, quick wit, and a knack for storytelling. Our family is so grateful to God for such a wonderful, loyal, caring, and faithful husband, father, and grandfather. He was the "glue" that made our family one. He has left us, but we will be forever reminded of how much he touched us all. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Gleason; children Tyler (Barb) Gleason of Great Falls, Keerie (Wayne) Garbarino of Missoula; Angela (Rex) Renk of Helena; grandchildren Natalie & Mitchell Renk of Helena; and cousin, Ray (Dee) Bauer of West Glacier. He is preceded in death by his parents, Warren & Lillian Gleason; grandmother, Etta Smith; great aunt, Bertha Annis; father and mother in-law, Catherine & Bill Fayden; sons, Bradley, Jay, & Sean Paddy, and Marc Knudsen. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful people who helped care for Tom through this journey, especially Rocky Mountain Hospice and Renaissance Senior Care that provided Tom with loving and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom's name to Rocky Mountain Hospice of Helena. Cremation has taken place, and the family will have a private service/burial at a later date. To offer condolences or to share a story about Tom please visit www.helenafunerals.com .
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