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Thomas L. DeFever Obituary


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“Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Terry DeFever - Pasco, WA

“Patsy and I would like to express our condolences in the loss of your great husband, father, and grandfather. Our prayers go out to all the family...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Larry Morgan - Richland, WA

“We will all miss Tom. He was a fun loving individual and my prayers are with his family and friends. Goldie ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Goldie Palmer-Thompson - WA

“To Terry, family and friends, I am truely sorry for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From your family at...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Peggy Naylor - Kennewick, WA

“Our Hearts and prayers go out to you Lois in this time of loss. Tom was a great guy, we will miss him! Love, April & Neal Bartleson and Patty Kerby ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: April Bartleson - Kennewick, WA

“I am so sorry for your loss of Tom. May your memories of him stay tucked into your hearts to give you comfort during the sad times. He was quit a...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Nell Van Lear - Burbank, WA


Thomas L. DeFever, born September 1st, 1941 to Beatrice and Robert DeFever died peacefully Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at Tri City Hospice House in Kennewick with many of his closest friends and family at his side. Thomas was born in Saginaw, MI and moved to Kennewick in 1958 where he attended Kennewick High School, graduating in 1959. Thomas had a long and successful career at Columbia Basin Steel and Iron from 1959 until his retirement in 2003. He was a past president of Tri City Construction Council. During his retirement he was director of LMCCT with pipefitters local 598 and was in business for himself as a bid estimator until 2006. Thomas was involved in the building of many familiar structures and dams. One of his first and favorite detailing jobs was the Fingernail at Howard Amon Park. His work on the Edison Interchange, the Cable Bridge, the Satsop Power Plant, WPPS plants #1 & 4, the Vitrification Plant, the Yakima River I-82 bridges, the Lampson building, the Flash Cube building and the Federal building are some of his most proud accomplishments. Many dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers also include his fine workmanship, including the Wanapum, Rock Island, Lower Monumental, John Day, Bonneville Power House, Priest Rapids, Little Goose, Rocky Reach and Lower Granite dams. Thomas was also involved in many organizations in the Tri Cities. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O.E, and a member of the Moose Lodge and Tri City Country club. He enjoyed drag racing, restoring cars, hunting and fishing, woodworking, golf and traveling. Thomas' extensive family includes his wife Lois DeFever, children Thomas E. and Diana DeFever, Robert B. DeFever, Terrance A. and Cheryl DeFever and Lawrence E. DeFever. Thomas enjoyed his 6 grandchildren; KaeLee DeFever, Kohler DeFever, Avery DeFever, Nicholas DeFever, Abigail DeFever and Johanna DeFever. He also leaves behind Dolores and Dave Jonker, Diane Lane, Joseph Lane, Robert W. DeFever, Daniel DeFever, Yvonne DeFever, Jean DeFever, Tom and Janet Peterson, Tara and Rob Russell, Jill and Phil Addcock, Kelsey Peterson, Gail Flora, Amanda Jenne, Mark Flora, Kim and Gary Cotter and Kelly and Ed Peter. The family would like to thank Dr.'s Vassa, Singh, Farrar, and York as well and the Tri City Hospice House for making his final days comfortable. In lieu of flowers please make donations at Baker Boyer Bank in Kennewick. There will be a viewing on Thursday July 22nd from 5pm to 8pm at Mueller's Tri Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union, Kennewick. The funeral will be held Friday July 23rd at 10:30am at St. Josephs Church in Kennewick.

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