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Thomas LeRoy McKenzie, 82, of Rawlings, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
Born on Dec. 27, 1934, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Thomas Edward and Lena McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jo McKenzie, who passed in December 2016. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Edward McKenzie.
Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Hercules/ABL Rocket Factory. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, working on his own cars, and woodworking and wood crafting. Mr. McKenzie enjoyed playing practical jokes on people, especially his wife and his brothers-in-law. Above all, he was a hard-working man who loved being with his family.
Surviving are his daughters, Lena K. Leasure and husband, Randall, of Carpendale, W.Va., Carol Ann McKenzie of Martinsburg, W.Va., Toni Marie Fabbri and husband, Joe, of LaVale; siblings, Mary Lechliter and Pat, Keyser, W.Va., Kenny and Aggie McKenzie, LaVale, Mike and Sharon McKenzie, Keyser, Donnie and Maxine McKenzie, Keyser, and Kitten and Tim McDowell, New York; seven grandchildren, Betty Ann Webb, Scott Pratt, Chris Fabbri, Mandy Deter-Fabbri and husband, Scott, Todd Leasure, Cassie Fabbri, and Crystal Menefee; nine great-grandchildren, Alexis Jedlowski, Madison Pratt, Kolten Deter, Kayden Pressman, Bailee Pressman, Anthony Pratt, Karley Fabbri, Emily Huff, Gracelyn Helmstetter, and Ryder Menefee.
Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 15205 McMullen Highway, Cresaptown, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains, Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. Military honors will be accorded at the church by Fort Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.
Interment will be in Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.
Pallbearers will be Chris, Scotty, Todd, BettyAnn, Brian, Scott, Little Eddie, and Joey.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the hospice nurses and Brandy Clark for their wonderful care provided to Thomas through his illness.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on November 13, 2017
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