Thomas James Stapleton passed away after a brief illness in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he was living with his son Joseph and family on December 5, 2019 3 weeks short of his 96th birthday.
He attended school in Toledo, Oregon, graduating from Toledo High School in 1942. During World War II, Tom served in the Navy. Following his Navy discharge, Tom attended Oregon State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, and practiced pharmacy for the next 55 years.
Thomas married Pauline Potwora in 1951; she predeceased him as did his son Michael and daughter Susan. In 1984 he married Eileen (Winter) Jackson who passed away in 2011. Eileen’s daughter is Karen, and son Steve, deceased. Grandchildren of Eileen are Kim Davison, Matt Davison, Katie Menear, Jake Bell, Matt Bryan, Kylee Kobernik, Abby Davison, Caleb Menear, Kennedy Menear, Peyton Hunt, Oliver Hunt Lilly Bell, Mike Appling, Maura Rucker, Moriah Roberts and Kelsey Hunt.
Tom had sons Steven(Pauline); grandson Timothy; granddaughter Cecelia; Joseph (Roxanne); grandsons Gabe and Austin; daughter Diane(Bret); grandson Ryan (Lisa); granddaughter Brittany (Matthew) and Marianne (Albert); grandsons Thomas, Joseph and Andrew (Emma); granddaughter Danielle. Jerry, husband of Susan with grandsons Nathan and Alex. Deborah wife of Michael and granddaughters Michelle and Carla.
Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 650 A Avenue at 11 am on December 28th, 2019, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Internment at Belcrest, 1295 Browning Ave. South, Salem, Oregon 97302 at 3 pm after the reception. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is assisting the family.