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Obituary of Thomas James Petry



Thomas James Petry formerly of Fairfax VA, passed into eternity on November 3, 2018.  He was the son of the late John J. Petry and the late Dorothy J. Plummer Petry. 


Tom was preceded in death by: his mother, Dorothy J. Plummer Petry; his father, John Joseph Petry; his sister, Joan Elizabeth Petry Rambo; and her husband Jack Rambo.


Tom is survived by:  Seven siblings: Rev. Ruth Morgan and husband Neal  (Bowling Green KY), John Petry and wife Sue (Clark Summitt,PA), Mary Petry (Milwaukie, OR), Dorothy Zosky (Schnecksville PA), Paul Petry and wife Theresa (Hamburg PA), Virginia Fillman and husband David (Schwenksville PA), and Robert Petry (Phoenixville PA); Ten nieces: Micky Simmons,  Andrea Morgan,  Rachel Tajan,  Becky Wassel,  Natasha Zosky,  Heather Alexander,  Sarah J. Fillman, Alexis Petry, Liz Crouthamel, and Nicole Roach; Four nephews: Joseph Petry, Larz Wassel, Dan Zosky, and Sam Fillman; And fourteen great-nieces & great-nephews.


Tom was born on March 6, 1959, his mother’s birthday, the seventh of nine children.  As a teen he loved performing illusions and juggling and as an adult would occasionally display those talents to friends. Tom graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School and went on to serve in the Navy. He was assigned to the White House Communications staff where he supported the information technology needs of the President of the United States during the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was extremely proud of having served in this capacity.  After his time in the Navy he worked in the Information Technology Industry as a Systems Analyst with various companies.  Tom loved people and made friends easily. He was known to many of his friends as “Pete.” He enjoyed cooking a gourmet dinner for his friends. He loved guitar and singing. But he loved being a part of the Petry clan the most. He considered himself the family historian keeping in close touch with extended family members.  He was the keeper of family stories.  When he talked about his siblings he called them the Junior Bluebirds, a reference to a time he especially enjoyed as a child.  In his later years Tom suffered from challenging health issues that threatened his independence, something he greatly valued. He faced each challenge with courage and persistence, often talking about how he drew strength from his Christian faith.  He will be missed by many.


The family is planning a small memorial service sometime in the future in PA where most of his siblings live.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to:

·         The American Diabetes Association (Tom fought Diabetes for much of his life)

·         The Wounded Warriors project (Tom was not a wounded warrior but his leg amputation placed him at the VA receiving therapy among wounded warriors)


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