Thomas R. Kearns, 62, of Waterford, Ohio, died on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the James Cancer Center at OSU Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on December 29, 1958 in Beverly, Ohio, son of William Graydon and Opal Starcher Kearns. He had been a mechanic for many years and owned and operated Kearns Auto Service. He graduated from Waterford High School in 1977 and served on the Wolf Creek School District School Board for many years. Tom was a longtime member of the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department and in his early days he coached several youth sports teams. He was married on September 15, 1979 to Lea Lilly Kearns who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Chris Kearns (Kim) of Waterford and Brad Kearns (Bree) of Waterford; and a daughter, Lisa Pennell (Matt) of Hackney; three grandchildren, Nacaida and Xaiden Kearns and Ryan Pennell; and two sisters, Bonita Van Dyke and Kay Whiting. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David and Daniel Kearns; and two sisters, Jessie Ellen Bennett and Saundra Robinson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly with Rev. John Harra officiating. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday. Donations may be made to the Watertown Volunteer Fire Dept. at PO Box 69, Watertown, Ohio 45787. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mccurdyfh.com.
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