Thomas Sterling Kendall

Thomas Sterling Kendall

Thomas Sterling Kendall passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020 at Bee Hive Homes in Great Falls, Montana, when the Lord released him from Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was 79.

Tom was born in Bartlesville, OK on November 12, 1941 to John Kendall, Sr. and Edith (Eschbaugh) Kendall.  He attended school and graduated from College High in 1960.  Upon graduation Tom immediately joined the United States Marine Corps.

In 1961 he married his high school sweetheart Ella “Sue” Kendall.  They were married for 59 years.

Tom and Sue lived at Camp Pendleton, CA where he was honorably discharged from the service in 1964, as Corporal.  Both of his brothers also served in the Marine Corps.  Tom was very proud of his service.  

Tom and Sue stayed in Los Angeles, California for two years where Tom was employed at Richfield Oil Refinery.  In 1966 Tom accepted a position with the Bell Telephone Company.  In 1978 Tom was transferred to Great Falls, Montana, where he spent 35 years as a cable technician.  He continued to work for communication companies until he retired in 2001 from Quest.  

Tom and Sue had their first and only child in 1976, Shelley Renee.  In 1995 they were blessed with their only grandchild, Jessica Kendall Harris.  Tom adored his girls.  

In 1987 Tom built their home in Fairfield, where he and Sue enjoyed hosting gatherings with family and friends.  During the summer months, Tom and Sue enjoyed sitting in their rocking chairs on the deck doing Sudoku puzzles and word finds.  Tom loved to share a bowl of ice cream with anyone that stopped to say hello.  

Tom was an artist and enjoyed showing off his pieces that adorned the walls of their home.  He loved biking, the outdoors, mountains, traveling, hunting, and camping.  Not only was he ambitious, but he was very creative and talented.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Sue, who continues to live in their Fairfield home.  His daughter, Shelley, and granddaughter, Jessica, both of Great Falls.  Three sisters, Sallie Meadows of Wake Forest, NC; Mary Puckett and Frances McElroy, both of Bartlesville, OK.  Sisters-in-law Rowena Kendall (Allan Randall) of Medford, OR; Judy Tate in OK; and Carrol (Eddie) Caldwell of Spartanburg, SC, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and two brothers, John L Kendall, Jr. and Joseph A Kendall.  A niece, Paula Puckett; nephew, Randy Kendall; Brothers-in-law John Meadows, Tom Tate, Dewayne Tate, and Jake Puckett.

Due to Covid-19 no services will be held.  Cremation has taken place under the direction of O’Connor Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 2009; Montana Hope Project, PO Box 5927, Helena, MT 59604; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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