Thomas Alfred Keasling

05/14/1924 — 07/29/2005

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Los Angeles, California

Thomas Alfred Keasling

Thomas Alfred Keasling, 81, died Friday, July 29 in his Richland home. He was born May 14, 1924, in Los Angeles to Emmor L. and Murna H. Keasling.

Tom served in the U.S. Navy in Hawaii during WWII. He graduated in 1951 from the USC School of Engineering and was President of the USC Pi Tau Sigma Fraternity his senior year.

Tom lived in Richland since 1971 and worked as a mechanical engineer at HTSF & FFTF facilities for Westinghouse Hanford, where he retired in 1988. He and his wife, Loretta, have been members of the Richland Yacht Club since 1977, where he held positions as an Officer on the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed fishing and boating, train trips and motorcycles, and in his younger years he created carefully engineered kites out of balsa wood and tissue paper and enjoyed flying them.

Tom is survived by his wife Loretta of 58 years, their children Christine and her husband Walter Blendermann of Sequim, WA, Rosemary Keasling, Keith Keasling, granddaughter Jerilyn Archuleta, all of Richland, and his brother, Dr James E. Keasling and his wife Marge of Urbana, IL, and their children, John, Jay and Susan and her husband Jeff Roloff.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 6 at 2 pm at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr, Richland.

Donations may be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, 99336; or the Central United Protestant Church Chancel Choir Music Dept., 1124 Stevens Dr., Richland, 99354.

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  • Loretta & Rosemary, even though I didn’t know Tom, my heart goes out to you and your families in your loss. Your world will never be the same but trust the Lord to bring healing and comfort to you.

    Karen Brun
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Loretta, to you and your family I would like to say how very sorry I am for the loss of your husband. I have no special words of comfort, only prayers for you and my wishes that you will be comforted by everyone around you. Sincerely, Barb Chase

    Barbara Chase
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US