Thomas W. Mooberry, July 18, 1937 — March 22, 2014, of Columbia

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 5:55 p.m. CDT

Thomas W. Mooberry, 76, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away March 22, 2014, at Boone Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29th, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, in Columbia. A celebration of Tom’s life will follow at 11:00 a.m. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Tom was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 18, 1937 to the late Thomas H. Mooberry and Evelyn Wood Mooberry. He married the love of his life, Eva Unti, in 1959, and they had four sons. He was a most devoted husband and father who will be sadly missed by Eva, his wife of 54 years, his children, grandchildren and his many, many friends. He was truly “one-of-a-kind.”

He spent most of his professional life in the Hospitality Industry. Among his many accomplishments, he was a highly successful restauranteur, country club and hotel manager. Though he worked many long hours he still made time for family activities such as coaching his sons’ baseball teams, taking them fishing and Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Tom was a 25 year resident of Columbia having moved here in 1989 to manage the University Inn. He was an avid and accomplished golfer which was a lifelong passion and was a proud member of the “Three Dollar Club” at the Lake of the Woods golf course.

He had valiantly battled Cancer in the past seven years of his life, always with a positive attitude, a smile on his face and a great desire to inspire others to do the same.

Survivors include his wife Eva, sons Thomas A. Mooberry, Mark Wood Mooberry and wife Naomi, Christopher Mooberry, and Kelly Mooberry; and grandchildren Joni Redmond and Thomas Brian Mooberry.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marli Mooberry.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are suggested to the Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home or the American Cancer Society.

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