Thomas Schroath
12/21/2019

 

Thomas Otto Schroath, age 85, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019, in St. George, Utah at home of natural causes.  He was born January 5, 1934, in Huntington, West Virginia to Ona (Sharp) and Leonard Schroath. He married Connie Brooks on July 3, 1957, in the St. George Temple.  They had 9 children, Cindy (Paul) Syndergaard, Leonard (Angela) Schroath, Cathy (Dave) Loeper, Beverly (Brent) Shedden, Janice Powell, Michael (Toni) Schroath, Michelle (Jeff) Barrows, Jim (Lori) Schroath and Jennifer (Edwin) Stevenson.   These children gave him 44 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Tom began working at an early age, sweeping floors for a watch repairman.  After high school he served in the Air Force for four years and was given an honorable discharge in 1956.  After he and Connie were married, they lived in West Virginia, Detroit, Michigan and Provo, Utah, where he graduated from Brigham Young University with an Electrical Engineering degree.  He began his career as a radar system engineer for Hughes Aircraft in Inglewood, California.  He was then hired by Hewlett Packard as a design engineer which took him to Colorado Springs and Boise, Idaho. He retired there in 1995 and moved to St. George.

He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many callings including Bishopric, Stake Presidency and other leadership positions. He learned to love music in his early years by playing the trumpet in high school and found much joy singing in choirs including the Southern Utah Heritage Choir where he served as the president for 10 years. He enjoyed extensive world travels with his wife and the choir.  He is survived by his wife, Connie, his children, and a brother Gary (Elvira) Schroath. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Benjamin Schroath.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 27, at 11:00 AM at the Fort Pearce Chapel, 750 E. Fort Pearce North, St. George, Utah, under the direction of Bishop Beau Barney and Spilsbury Mortuary.  Visitations will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff St., and at the chapel on Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 AM prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, (a favorite of his) at PO Box 3281, St. George UT, 84771.

Services

Visitation

6:00 to 8:00 pm
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Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 a.m.
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Services

11:00 am
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Address

Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT

Cemetery

12:00 pm
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Tonaquint Cemetery 1777 South Dixie Drive St. George, Utah 84770

Guest Book

11 Responses

  1. I will miss Tom and his devotion to the Heritage Choir. I consider him a stalwart of service and love. May peace be with Connie and the family. Love, Linda Stuart

  2. Many wishes for peace and the happiest of memories as you celebrate Tom’s life. I hope you (his family and friends) smile remembering all that Tom brought to your lives.

    Steve Palmer

  3. What a hard worker and a wonderful man. I worked with him for many years on the choir board, and he was a great leader. he will be missed by all. Janet Robinson

  4. Dear Connie and family,
    I was so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. I wish we could be there to sing, but we are out of the country. Please know that Tom will always be a champion in my book. His kindness and leadership I will never forget! Hugs to you, Connie!!

  5. The Schroaths set such a good example for us all in Heritage Choir. Am sorry to hear of his
    passing. Am sure that he graduated into eternity with honors.
    Kathleen M. Blake

  6. I knew Tom through church and Hewlett-Packard in Colorado Springs and Boise. I was a great friend and mentor. He will be missed.

  7. Oh how we will miss this wonderful man, always ready with a warm greeting. Connie and family, I would have been at the services but for a lingering cold. Please accept my sincere well wishes and gratitude for sharing Tom with us.

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