Thomas E. ‘Tom’ Watson

Thomas E. “Tom” Watson, 78, of Tiffin, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

He was born April 16, 1939, in Scipio Township, to Virgil O. and Leona (Miller) Watson. He married Suzanne M. “Sue” Bridinger April 28, 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Sue of Tiffin; two sons, Jeffery (Tracy) Watson of McCutchenville and Brett (Lorie) Watson of Bowling Green; a stepdaughter, Tracy (Brian Slaymaker) Snyder of Tiffin; two brothers, Bill (Carol) Watson of Bascom and Bob (Judy) Watson of Republic; a sister, Barbara (Charles) Steinbaugh of Plymouth, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Brittny, Cassie, Greg (Kelli), Eric (Emily), Trevor (Maddie), Matt, Josh and Joe; and two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Isley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Steve Brickner; a stepdaughter, Cathy Brickner; and a sister, Mary Helfer.

Tom graduated in 1957, from Republic High School, served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1964, and retired from Genex (Noba) after 49 1/2 years as the shipping manager and working in the lab. Tom was a driver and trainer, along with his dad and brothers, working with racehorses, harness horses and also broke and trained race colts and fillies. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Tiffin AMVETS Post 48, Seneca County Harness Horsemen Association and enjoyed playing cards, casino trips, gardening, making people laugh and he was very outgoing.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424.

His service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the funeral home with the Rev. Marilyn Coney officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Jacob’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church or to Community Hospice Care.

Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.