Cover photo for Tom Collier's Obituary
Tom Collier Profile Photo
1950 Tom 2018

Tom Collier

February 14, 1950 — February 8, 2018

Thomas David Collier, 67, lifelong Newton resident, passed away in his sleep on Thursday (February 8, 2018) while on vacation with his wife, Mary, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Tom was born on February 14, 1950 in Newton, the son of Walter and Marilynn Lehr Collier. He graduated from Newton High School in 1968.

He married Mary Wetschensky on November 11, 1972 in Newton, KS. Together they owned and operated the Good Earth General Store in Newton from 1977 until 1994.

Tom worked at Prestressed Concrete in Newton as a chief draftsman and CAD designer for 38 years, retiring in 2012. He was a founding member of the Chisholm Trail Festival, serving on the Board of Directors for several years. He was a former member of the Newton Lion’s Club, having served as a leader and club President. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Award.

Tom had a love of motorcycles and computers, he was a member of the MAC Wichita Club. He hosted the Newton Railers Class of ’68 website which helped keep all of his peers rockin’ and rollin’. Tom was the driving force behind many of his class reunions. He enjoyed being an active member of The Tuesday Lunch Gang aka TALKO.

Tom was the beloved husband to Mary; brother to Beth (Gary) Wonders; uncle to Shawn and Michael Wetschensky, Brian (Missy) Wonders and Jeff Wonders, Taylor and Walker Farnham; great uncle to Keaton Wetschensky, Lauren and Landry Wonders; son-in-law to Ethel Wetschensky; brother-in-law to Sandy Garred (Duane Farnham) and Susie Garred; and was a kind and generous friend to many.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Sunday (February 25, 2018) from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at the American Legion Post in Newton. A strict dress code will be enforced and NO ties are allowed.

Tom was known for his incredible wit, his huge heart and his love of live. “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.”

In lieu of flowers a memorials have been established with KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita and the Newton Public Library, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Tom Collier, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 2

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree