Twombly, Thomas R. 1944-2020

Thomas R. "Tom" Twombly, 75, St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Mr. Twombly was born Feb. 17, 1944, in St. Joseph, to Raymond and LaVeta (Thomas) Twombly.

He was a graduate of the Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

On June 12, 1965, he married Shirley Ann Arb, in Melvern, Kansas.

Mr. Twombly began his career as an engineer for Collins Radio, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He then returned to his family business, Twombly Grain Company, in Troy, Kansas.

For most of his career he worked for Altec Industries, where he retired after 25 years.

Mr. Twombly was a member of: Francis Street First United Methodist Church; and formerly a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints; St. Joseph Bowling Association, of which he was a former board member; past president of Acacia Social Fraternity at Kansas State University; and East Bank Investment Club.

He had been a Little League Boys baseball coach and also coached elementary girls' basketball.

He loved fishing and was active in bass fishing tournaments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Twombly and Laveta (Thomas) Twombly.

Survivors: his wife, Shirley Arb Twombly, of the home; his son, Brent L. Twombly and his wife, Jennifer, of Nixa, Missouri; his daughter, Amy T. Lawlor and her husband, Tom, of Smithville, Missouri; and four grandchildren: Dylan Twombly, Lauren Twombly, Katie Lawlor and Brooke Lawlor.

The family would like to send a special, heart-felt thank you to the caregivers, who assisted Tom the past couple of years.

Farewell Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Francis Street First United Methodist Church.

Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will gather with friends 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family suggests they be made to: ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter or Francis Street First United Methodist Church.

Online guest book and obituary at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.