November 15, 1930 ~ March 10, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Fairlawn, OH

Thomas Edward Dannemiller, Sr., 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 10th, 2020. He was born in Akron. As a lifelong Akron resident he attended St. Sebastian Grade School, St. Vincent High School and John Carroll University. He was a longtime member of St. Sebastian Parish. Tom served in the U.S. Navy and was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tom loved sports, playing, talking about and watching, especially his beloved St. V Irish, John Carroll Blue Streaks, Browns, Cavs and Indians. During the Korean War, he was a member of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Basketball Team. He enjoyed talking about sports, watching games on TV and attending games, having been a season ticket holder for the Browns, Cavs and Indians. He was able to attend games up until very recently thanks to his son-in-law Steve and nephew Billy. Most conversations with Tom about subjects unrelated to sports would eventually turn into a conversation about sports bringing a smile to his face. An avid golfer, Tom won many tournaments during his younger years and loved reliving the time he made a hole-in-one while a member at the Silver Lake Country Club. He earned the nickname “Doc” for the way he helped teach friends the game of golf.

Loving father of six children…Lawrence (Kathy) of Houston, TX, Rosemarie (Steve) Smoral of Chagrin Falls, Thomas Jr. of Key Biscayne, FL, favorite son Jerome, Mary Kathryn of Greensboro, NC and Linda of Napa, CA and four grandchildren Patrick and Matthew Smoral, Lauren and Elyse Evelyn Dannemiller.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Frances, his beautiful, loving wife of 47 years, Evelyn, his son Jere, brothers William (WWII) and Frederick and sister Mary Frances Jarrold. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Rogers (Santa Fe, Mexico) and brothers J. Lawrence (and wife Maggie – Grand Haven, MI) and Edward (Santa Barbara, CA).

Tom began his career as an insurance broker in 1957. He was past President of the Akron Association of Insurance Advisors and recipient of many sales awards during his long career. Active in the community, Tom served on the Board of John Carroll University, St. Vincent-St. Mary and CYO. He was the first President of the Elms Association for the Mentally Handicapped and served as Exalted Ruler of Cuyahoga Falls-Akron-Barberton Elks Club #1913.

His family remembers him as a loving father, continually displaying unfailing love to each of them. Dad’s loving-and-caring-way was most apparent in his never ceasing love and compassion for his Down Syndrome son and very special buddy, Jere.

The family extends special thanks to Dad’s caregiver for the past few years, Mandy, to the staff at the Akron General Medical Center, Medina Hospital and Hospice of Visiting Nurse, The Village of St. Edward and his loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any desired memorials be made to ARC of Summit and Portage Counties, United Disabilities Service, St. Sebastian Church or Hospice of Visiting Nurse.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

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  1. Mike and I are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  2. Dear family. So sorry to learn of your dads passing. He was truly a wonderful husband dad grandpa and human being. My love and prayers r with u all. Sincerely Lyn

  3. Our deepest sympathies to the Dannemiller family. “Mr. D” always brought a smile and a great sports memory. A great friend of the Graf family, we are sure Fritz, Rita, and Evelyn are glad to have the group back together again. Hugs to all.

    Paul & Vicky Graf

  4. My condolences to the surviving family members. Mr. Dannemiller shall be reunited to those departed before him and I’m sure that this will bring peace to your hearts. Shall the happy memories and a lifetime of shared love help you overcome this loss with the same positive attitude he always seemed to have. Love, Fernando and Marcia.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed conversations with your Dad – such a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Dear Tom Senior I thank you to give me a brother, your lovely son which has honored each member of your family.

    May God extend to you His mercy hands to convey you to the peace of the Eternity.

    Hope your lovely wife and your beloved son will welcome with love the journey to the new Reality.

    Yon and family.

  7. We are thinking of you guys and we remember Uncle Tom as a kind and friendly man and die hard Indians fan. For me, he carried on Grampa Dannemiller’s tradition of telling stories of the old days of Indians baseball. Love to all.

  8. To the members of the family, How sad I was to hear the announcement of your father’s passing at the Sunday 15 March service at St. Vincent Church. For that moment I happily recalled our luncheon together at St. Edward’s where he kindly shared so many memories with me – one – in particular – where he joined with my father in working at a local golf course (Your father having to walk a considerable distance in getting to work!).So my mind is taken to the full history of your family; your dear father and mother – and your dear grandmother, Mrs. Manion. Genuinely, and sincerely, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Dannemiller’s passing. Yours Sincerely, Dave McCann

  9. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. As a friend of Katie’s, I have heard so many stories of your family, and Tom clearly left an enduring legacy, and he is survived by a wonderful family. Bless all of you, and your dearly beloved.

  10. Dannemiller Family

    Karen, Taylor and I want to send our condolences. Uncle Tom was so much more than a sports fan but I would be remiss to not mention the time he informed me of a special high school basketball player on one of our phone conversations. The positive attitude and laughter will be missed. God Bless

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