Thomas Arch Hobbs went to reside with our Lord, the Father, March 29, 2014. Tom was born May 7, 1927 in Danville, Ill. to Leroy Hobbs and Hilma Dicks Hobbs. His early years were spent in Gary, Ind. as well as Indianapolis, Ind.
He acquired his first job at the formidable age of 13. In his teens he attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served three years for his country. Upon discharge Tom married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou Wells. Together they had four children, Jenny, Linda, John, and Leslie.
Tom worked for the Federal Civil Service for 40 years, retiring in 1987. In his life, Tom's passion and creative outlet was his love of music, particularly the Big Band sounds and Dixie Land Jazz. He learned to play the trumpet while in school and was always delighted to play for family and friends. He played in and formed several bands including the Desert Swing Band, The Horizon Band, Jabberwocky, and the Dixie Sixes.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his devoted wife of 52 years, Mary; as well as his oldest daughter, Jenny Kent. Tom is survived by his second wife, Josephine, who was by his side, showing compassion and loving care for the eight years they spent together; sisters, Rosemary Marshall of Illinois and Barbara Barns of Indiana; children, Linda Fiorucci (Bill Potts) of Yreka, Calif., John Hobbs (Debbie) of Turner, Ore., and Leslie Frank (George) of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; grandchildren, Geordan Kent, Adriane Fiorucci, Michael Fiorucci, Tina Freeman, Ritchard Hobbs, Amanda Frank, and Greacyn Frank; seven great-grandchildren; and three nieces.
No services are planned. A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Providence Hospice in memory of Thomas A. Hobbs.
Thomas was truly loved and cherished by his family and friends and will be forever missed. With loving memories he will stay in our hearts forever.