Thomas A. Broyles, 72

Thomas A. Broyles, 72, of Ottawa, and Wildwood, Fla., died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at his residence at Continental Country Club in Wildwood, Fla.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1942, in St. Marys to Warren and Virginia (Fischer) Broyles.

Survivors include his  wife of 27 years Linda Broyles, of Ottawa and Wildwood, Fla.; six children, Rick Broyles,  of St. Marys,                                                 Greg (Tina) Broyles,  of St. Marys, Mark (Beth) Nolan, of St. Marys, Paul “Trey” (Michelle) McKinney III, of St. Marys, Stephanie (Tom) Heimann, of Findlay, Lori Nave, of Celina; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother Ed (Cheryl) Broyles, of St. Marys;  and sister Deb (Dick) Mohr, of DeGraff.

He was preceded in death by parents Warren and Virginia Broyles and sister Barbara Morris.

He was a graduate of St.  Marys Memorial High School class of 1959 and earned a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 1963.

Tom began his pharmaceutical career in 1957 at Neely’s Drug Store, a local pharmacy in downtown St. Marys. 

Tom and Linda moved to Ottawa in 1986 and purchased Hawkey’s Pharmacy from George and  Bea Hawkey, where they worked side–by-side until they retired in 1999 and began spending the winter months in Florida.

He was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and its inter-fraternity council, Jaycee’s, Kiwanis Club and Electrical Examination Board for 10 years, Northwestern Ohio Pharmacy Assoc., Ohio Pharmacy Association, Foxmeyer wholesaler advisory board, St. Marys Outing Club (Idlewild), Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, IOOF Lodge, American Pilots’ Assoc. and the NRA.

Tom was a mentor to numerous pharmacy students during his career. His favorite pastimes included flying, fishing, golfing, woodworking, sharing a beer with his buddies at the “Bomb Shelter,” and spending quality time with his neighbors, friends and family.

Tom’s hopes were that he contributed in some small way to make the world a better place.

A service of honor and remembrance is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys.

Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Ohio Northern University, College of Pharmacy in Ada. Online condolences may be expressed via