Leonard “Tom” Dooley

Leonard “Tom” Dooley

Leonard M. “Tom” Dooley, 76, died Friday, May 18, 2018, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson.

He was born in Belleville on Feb. 18, 1942, the son of Floyd Leonard Dooley and Mary Sherwood Dooley.

Leonard Dooley

Tom graduated from Morrill High School in Morrill, where he was a three-sport athlete and trumpeter for the band. He attended Highland Community College in Highland and then McPherson College in McPherson, studying history while holding three part-time jobs (campus night custodian, lumber yard sack cement unloader and landscaper). He also earned degrees in banking from the Colorado School of Commercial Banking at University of Colorado in Boulder in 1978, and Colorado Institute of Organizational Management in 1988.

From age 10, Tom helped work the hayfields leased, and the dairy herd owned by his family. As a young man, he spent summers on custom cutting crews following the wheat harvest throughout Kansas and the upper Midwest. Tom began his professional career with Hutchinson National Bank, working there for 16 years and leaving as Vice President of Customer Service. He was then employed at the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, retiring as Executive Vice President at age 68.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; and his father and mother.

Tom is survived by two sons, Mark (Hedy) of Bellingham, Wash., and Scott (Lisa) of Springfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Katrina, Owen and Miles of Springfield, and Joaquim of Bellingham; adopted children, Randy and Tina Beeghly of Hutchinson; adopted grandsons, Jeff (Amanda) Beeghly of Buhler, and Derek Beeghly of Hutchinson; brother, Robert Dooley of Ajo and Prescott, Ariz.; nieces, Sherry Jones of Las Vegas, Nev., and Shannon Arnett of Flagstaff, Ariz.; nephew, Spencer Dooley of Phoenix, Ariz.; his great-niece, Zoe Arnett of Flagstaff, Ariz.; friend, Connie Harris of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Community Church of the Brethren at 1600 N. Severance in Hutchinson, with Marlo Oltman officiating. Friends may sign the memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the service day at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson. Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to Hutchinson Public Library, Hutchinson Friends of the Zoo, or Hutchinson Community Church of the Brethren, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 North Main Street, Hutchinson, KS, 67501.

The Sabetha Herald 5/30/2018


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