Wednesday July 22nd, 2020
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William "Tom" Upton
William “Tom” Thomas Upton, 91, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Waters of Rogers Care Facility.
Tom was born on January 21, 1929 in Xenia, Ohio. He was the son of George Henry Upton and Margaret Snowflake Huddle Long Upton. The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when Tom was 14 years old. He married Marcella Dean Mason in 1945 in Nogales, New Mexico, celebrating almost 75 years of marriage. Tom joined the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II and was station in Almeda, California protecting the nation’s coast. He became a roofer after the war and eventually owned his own roofing company. He and Marcella moved to Siloam Springs in 1970. He played golf in his younger years and become an accomplished silversmith making Indian jewelry.
He was preceded in death by one son, William Tom Upton Jr. and one daughter Kay Kvetko.
He is survived by his wife Marcella Upton of the home; two daughters, Sharron Koons and Debbie Tubbs both of Siloam Springs; his brother Tom Francis Upton of Phoenix, Arizona and a brother in law, Charles Issac Mason of Kansas City, Missouri; eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the Johnson Cemetery in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 8:00am. Services are entrusted to the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. To sign online guestbook please go to www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.
I first met Tom in the late 70s. He always had a joke or story to tell. He was always the same, which is unusual today.
He will be missed...
My prayers are with the family, at this time.
Evan Vohs Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM
Uncle Tom was always a joker and a kidder, full of life. One time when we were leaving his house he told my dad may you live to be 100, and the last voice you hear is mine! I half expected him to do it! Well, goodbye for now big Tom, we shall hopefully meet again
Joe Mason Jul 23 2020 12:00 AM
Tom was a wonderful person , I met him and Marcella when I lived in Phoenix and eventually got to no his family , of which that was over 50 years ago, what awesome people they are, we will miss you Tom , God Speed
Judy koons Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM
He will certainly be missed. Tom had a great sense of humor and a fun loving spirit. He was greatly loved by all the family and friends.
Lori Masin Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM