Galvin, Thomas

Written by David Green.

Thomas R. Galvin (“D.J. Tommy Ray”), 60, of Wauseon, Ohio, died of cancer Oct. 2, 2010, in his home.

Tom was born Oct. 27, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, to Herbert and Genevieve (Bearss) Galvin.

He was a 1967 graduate of Bowsher High School. Tom worked as an electrician for I.B.E.W. Local 8, and served as the Wauseon electrical inspector, as well as being the owner of D.J. Tommy Ray musical entertainment business. At the age of 16 he started playing in bands and the last band he played with was the Silver Creek Band. Tom was a member of the Pettisville Missionary Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Borton Galvin of Wauseon; a son, Jeremy (and Melanie) Galvin of Swanton, Ohio; a daughter, Shannon (and Matt) Hitt of Swanton; and step-children Cyndi (and Hal) Cassidy, Archbold, Ohio, and Dean Ricker of Wauseon; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother-in-law, June Borton of Wauseon; mother of his children, Pat Wilder Galvin of Swanton; sisters, Jackie (and Dale) Kruse of Minnesota; Becky (and Bill) Rehm, Galena, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Adam Hall.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Pettisville Missionary Church, with Pastor Joanne Powers and Pastor Kent Knorr officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Memorial contributions are suggested for the Fulton County Fair Gospel Tent. Arrangements were made by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon.

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