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Thomas A. Stoery, February 25, 1932 — August 19, 2021

Thomas Anton (Tom) Stoery passed away peacefully on August 19 at the age of 89. Tom was a resident of The Lodge, a residential retirement community in Sisters, where he resided for two years.

Tom is survived by his son, Scott Stoery, and Scott’s wife, Emilee, in Sisters; and his grandsons, Christian and Emerson. His daughter Andrea, her husband, Greg, and grandson Elias live in Texas.

Tom was born in Estherville, Iowa on February 25, 1932 — the third child of Anton and Embar Stoery. His parents, as well as his siblings, Elizabeth and Samuel, preceded him in death.

Following graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1956, he joined the Rock Island Railroad in its management training program. He continued in management positions for 25 years. His grandfather Caspar and his father, Anton, were also employed by Rock Island for a total of 117 years of family employment with the company.

He continued in the transportation industry in various capacities in the development and management of short line railroads in California and Nevada, as a broker of small railroads, and numerous

consulting activities.

He was very adventurous and recently went on a private flight with Outlaw Aviation from Sisters to see the Columbia Gorge, Mount Hood, and the Oregon Coast. He also loved the outdoors and picnics on the Metolius.

He was a proud, loving, and happy father and grandfather. He had a vigorous curiosity about the world and an appreciation of peoples’ histories and personal stories. His stories and anecdotes will live on for many years.

 

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