Thomas J. Urban

                    December 31, 1969  -  July 2, 2002

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46662 267th Street, Sioux Falls, SD
Died: Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Sioux Falls, SD
Age: 85 years, 2 months, 28 days

7:00 PM Friday, July 5, 2002
St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Tea, SD
Reverend Ken Koster, Officiating

10:00 AM Saturday, July 6, 2002
St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Tea, SD
Reverend Ken Koster, Celebrant

St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD
Full Military Rites by
Blau-DeBoer American Legion Post, Tea, SD

Linda and Scott Kaufmann ~ Michelle and Jeremy McGregor
Ryan and Sarah Peterson ~ Tom and Pernille Urban
Travis Urban ~ Tyler Urban ~ Errin Shyne
Katherine Karli ~ Michael Shyne

Thomas J. Urban, son of William and Sophia (Dahmen) Urban, was born April 4, 1917 on a farm near Hartford, SD. At age 11 he moved with his family to a farm near Sioux Falls, SD. Tom received his education in country schools. He then farmed with his father and brothers.
Tom entered the United States Army on September 16, 1941 at Ft. Crook, NE. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II.
Tom was united in marriage with Elsie C. Bakker in Sioux Falls on January 9, 1945. Following his honorable discharge on December 28, 1945 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, the couple purchased a farm near Sioux Falls, and farmed for many years. In 1972, Tom began work in the maintenance department at McKennan Hospital. He retired in 1987 after 15 years of service. Following his retirement, he enjoyed helping out on his son's farm.
Tom was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Tea, SD. He was a life-member of Blau-DeBoer American Legion Post, Tea, SD, John M. Bliss VFW Post, Sioux Falls, SD and the Southeastern Threshing Association. He was a charter member of the Wayne Township Fire Department and served as Wayne Township Clerk for 45 years. He was also a member of 40 et 8.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Elsie; four children, Beverly Peterson and her husband, Dale, Viborg, SD, Barbara Shyne, Sturgis, SD, Rodney Urban and his wife, Debrah, Sioux Falls, SD, Belinda Karli and her husband, Steven, Garretson, SD; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosie Bakker, Sioux Falls, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, James Peterson; his parents; two brothers, William, George; two sisters, Angeline Urban and Elsie Bakker; and a son-in-law, Pat Shyne.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family for lunch and fellowship at St. Nicholas Catholic Church following the committal service.
Tom's family requests that memorials be directed to the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Building Fund.


Do not grieve for now I'm free
God's loving voice has called for me.
And though my stay on earth must end
My journey to heaven now begins.
I see them clear, I'm just outside
The pearly gates are open wide.
I'm now passed through, the gates are sealed
My scarred, frail body has been healed.
No pain or suffering do I hold
I now walk down the streets of gold.
I hear great praise, what joy this brings
Greeting me the Angels sing.
They present me to Him with wondrous tone
I am now kneeling at His throne.
As I look up God smiles at me
I know now where I should be.
So do not grieve for now I'm free
I'm in God's arms where he wanted me.

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Born: December 31, 1969

Death: July 2, 2002

This memorial provided by:
George Boom Funeral Home Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD