Thomas (Tom) John Scanlon was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and patriot. He loved his family something fierce — so much so that he devoted many years to studying his family’s genealogy, creating and maintaining the family calendar, and even tracing his lineage to become a member of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Whenever a computer or tech issue came up, the family always knew who to call — Tom, the “computer guy.” Another title he was proud to hold was being a Veteran of his country, serving in the Army and Navy, and most notably as a soldier in Vietnam. Tom enjoyed pulling his loved ones in for a big bear hug, listening to music (particularly ukulele covers on YouTube), cooking meals his family incorporates into their weekly menu to this day, sharing nostalgic Polish recipes, playing his guitar until he couldn’t any longer, and making others (yes, even himself) laugh at his ornery and witty jokes.
Tom passed away on January 28th, 2022, at the age of 74. He was born on July 15th, 1947, to Marion and Elizabeth Scanlon. He graduated from Wyandotte High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Theater History from Pittsburgh State University. Tom pursued a longstanding profession as a computer support technician. He then welcomed his one and only daughter, Carrie — lovingly labeling her his “sweetheart” — whom he shares with former spouse, Penne Howerton.
Tom is survived by his daughter Carrie Ashley (Aaron Ashley); grandson Garrison Ashley; his brother, Ed Scanlon; his three sisters, Patricia Kroll, Margaret Puhl (Jim Puhl), and Vickie Stone (Michael Stone); his former spouse, Penne Howerton; and many other loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Marion and Elizabeth Scanlon; his brother, Jim Scanlon; his brother-in-law John Kroll; and his sister-in-law, Judith Scanlon.
A visitation service will be held from 10 to 12 noon on Friday, Feb. 18th, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs, KS and the Committal service will follow at 12:30 pm, on Friday, Feb. 18th at the Fort Leavenworth National V.A. Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS a family reception will follow at Alden-Harrington’s Family Event Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation at vfw.org. Condolences for the family may be offered online at aldenharrington.com/memorials.