Thomas Sebastian Dekle, Sr. “Tom”, age 94, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020. He was a native of Mobile, AL and a resident of Daphne, AL.
Tom was born and raised in Mobile and attended McGill Toolen and Marion Military Academy. He served in the US Air Force from June 1944 through Dec 1945. After WW II ended, he began working in the produce and food service industry by joining his father’s business. This life-long 50-year career would take from a small produce operation in Mobile in 1945; to Atmore, AL farming potatoes; to Montgomery, AL to broaden their distribution; to Birmingham, AL where he spent approximately 25 years; and to Mobile in 1978 where he completed his career in 1996 at the age of 70. After retiring, Tom turned his attention to the handful of things that meant the most to him, his wife, his family, a few close friends, reading, gardening, volunteering at Mercy Medical and travelling to visit his out-of-town children and grandchildren. He loved the beauty of Alaska, where he and his wife traveled a half dozen times. He was a devout Catholic and lived a faith-filled life, from which he never wavered.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marie Virginia Dekle, who he adored more than life itself. He was also preceded in death by his bothers, Dan and Leo Dekle.
Tom is survived by his sister, Susan Evans; his five children, Cynthia Dekle, Tom (Peggy) Dekle Jr., Scott (Gloria) Dekle, Mary (Kern) Wilson, and Katherine (Eric) Bauer; his ten grandchildren; and his eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Christ The King Catholic Church, 1505 Main Street, Daphne, AL. Visitation at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will follow at the church in Assumption Hall.
In lieu of flowers, Tom’s wishes were that donations be made to the less fortunate. Two organizations that were close to his heart are: Little Sisters of The Poor, 1655 McGill Ave, Mobile, AL 36604, 251-479-6335; and St. Mary’s Home, 4350 Moffett Road, Mobile, AL 36618, 251-344-7733
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.