Thomas W. Mooberry was a successful restauranteur, devoted father

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 6:03 p.m. CDT; updated 1:21 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA — Although Thomas Mooberry often worked long hours as a restauranteur, he always carved out time for his family. He was a devoted father who coached his sons' baseball teams. And he was never too busy to take them fishing or to a Sunday-afternoon barbecue.

Thomas W. Mooberry of Columbia died Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was 76.

He was born July 18, 1937, in Lincoln, Neb., to Thomas and Evelyn Wood Mooberry.

He married Eva Unti in 1959.

Mr. Mooberry worked in the hospitality industry for most of his life. He was a successful restauranteur and country club and hotel manager. The Mooberrys moved Columbia in 1989 so Mr. Mooberry could manage University Inn.

In addition to being a devoted father and husband, his family will remember his lifelong passion for golf. Although he struggled with cancer during the last seven years of his life, he never lost his positivity and always had a smile on his face.

Mr. Mooberry is survived by his wife, Eva; four children, Mark Wood Mooberry and his wife, Naomi, Thomas A. Mooberry, Christopher Mooberry and Kelly Mooberry; and two grandchildren, Joni Redmond and Thomas Brian Mooberry.

His sister, Marli Mooberry, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, 9501 Coyote Hill Road, P.O. Box 1, Harrisburg, MO 65256; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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