Thomas Q. Wharton, 83, passed away Dec. 20 in Coos Bay.

Thomas was born Dec. 19, 1930 in Juntura to Curtis C. and Minnie E. (Boyer) Wharton, one of nine children: five boys and four girls.
Tom met Lois Stump in 1947 at a grange dance in Harper. They dated for three years. When Tom asked for Lois’ hand in marriage, he was told he had to have a job and keep it. They were married Sept. 15, 1950, at Harper. Tom was hired at the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he worked for 35 1/2 years. He started in Burns, took a management job, and transferred to Pistol River. After 14 months, he moved to Bridge and lived there 12 years. His section was phased out, and he moved to North Bend. His family settled in Coos Bay, where they continued to live in the same house for 45 years.

Tom enjoyed mining on Johnson Creek above Powers, where he spent many vacations for more than 50 years. He also enjoyed jackrabbit hunting in Central Oregon, after retiring.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lois Wharton of Coos Bay; son, Jerry Wharton and wife, Laura, of North Bend; daughters, Pennie Walter and husband Lew, and Peggy Porter and husband, Preston, all of Salem, and Jeanie Stafford and husband, Dave, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two sisters; two brothers; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two brothers; granddaughter, Lacey Wharton; and great-grandson, Trevor Bruce Hoffine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hauser Volunteer Fire Department, 93622 Viking Lane, North Bend, OR 97459.

A funeral service was held Dec. 28 with arrangements under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.

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