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Thomas "Tom" Lee Newport

August 13, 1941 ~ December 10, 2021 (age 80)

Obituary

Thomas (Tom) Lee Newport passed away at his home on Friday, December 10th. Tom was born on

Wednesday, August 13th, 1941 to Vernon and Ethel Newport in Logansport, Indiana. Tom would

say he was a "street rat" during his early years; hanging out with his buddies, sneaking

cigarettes and generally trying to skip school and chores. So his parents decided to

switch schools on Tom and he was shipped to Washington Township in his freshman year of

high school. Sports became a way for Tom to remove himself from his old life and he

quickly excelled in track & field and basketball. Being 6'4" in the 1950's meant you were

tall! During this time as a Washington Twp. "Hatchet", Tom met a confident and chatty farm

girl, Kathy Ream, and they began dating. They had been married for over 62 years at the

time of Tom's passing.

After marrying and having their first child, Kerrie, in 1959, Tom was offered the

opportunity to play basketball on a scholarship at a Junior College in Texas and the new

family moved to the LeTourneau College (now University) in Longview, TX. Tom studied to be

an industrial arts teacher. He also led the basketball team as one of their leading

scorers and rebounders. After 2 years at LeTourneau, the family came back to Indiana for a

chance to further Tom's education and basketball career at Tri-State College (now Trine

University) in Angola, Indiana. They had their oldest son, Troy, while Tom was enrolled

there. They made lifelong friends at Tri-State and Tom found his calling in the Civil

Engineering program. He played well for his favorite basketball coach, Mark Peterman.

During his time at Tri-State, he was a teammate of future Harlem Globetrotter, Ray

Lothery.

After graduating, Tom worked designing Ponderosa Steakhouse sites and worked as an

engineer for Central Paving, among other companies. Youngest son, Trent, was born in 1969.

Tom got his land surveying license and started his own company (Newport Surveying) in

1972. He surveyed in Cass and surrounding counties for over 40 years. Many friends and

family members worked at Newport Surveying over the years. Tom also partnered and worked

in a local farm operation for 10 years.

Tom will be remembered as a kind and quiet man of integrity and honesty. He had a good

sense of humor and loved to play golf, fish and work on projects in his shop at home. Many

people knew Tom as the local “Marlboro Man” as he always wore cowboy boots and western

belts, bolo ties and vests. Winston cigarettes and Budweiser were his vices.

He was always quick to help any family member or friend with construction projects as he

was a skilled carpenter. He made great impressions on everyone he worked with and all of

his extended family. Tom was a “2nd Dad” to many who needed his support and guidance. By

all accounts, he was considered to be a fantastic son, brother, husband, father,

grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law and friend. Tom Newport

was the true patriarch of the Newport/Ream clan.

Tom is survived by his high school sweetheart and bride of 62 years, Kathy (Ream),

daughter Kerrie (Dave Morris), sons Troy Newport (Cathi) and Trent Newport (Jill),

grandchildren Nicki (Dave Lowe), Derek Snyder (Hannah), Dane Snyder (Megan), Savannah

Avanesyan (Mike), Amelia Newport and Max Newport (Bella Carrera). Tom had 12 greatgrandchildren

as well.

Visitation will be held on at Murray- Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston, Indiana on

Saturday, December 18th from 11 AM to 1 PM with service immediately following. A

celebration of life and memories will be held after the service at the Galveston Community

Center (101 S Park Rd) until 4 PM. Please join us and share your favorite memories of Tom.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Tom’s name to;

AIM (Adolescent Intramural Mentoring) Logansport

c/o Cass County Juvenile Probation

506 High Street

Logansport, Indiana 46947

(574) 753-7834

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