Thomas “Tom” Geloff, 87, of Sterling, went home on March 31, 2018 in a Bismarck hospital surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 13 at 10:30 am at Sterling United Methodist Church. Burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 12 at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Tom was born on July 4, 1930 to Peter and Irene (Balaban) Geloff on the Brackenberry Place in Kidder County. He moved around to various places that his family rented over the years, until his family bought a farm in the 40’s. He attended several one room school houses in Kidder County and graduated from the Tuttle High School in 1950. After high school, he received his Ag Certificate. In the late 40’s, his father purchased the land which now encompasses Cherry Lake. This was a special place for Tom to gather, visit, and play cards.
He was a farmer, rancher, mechanic, sheet metal worker, bus driver, veteran, and a teacher throughout his life. He also ran Geloff & Sons for 30 years, selling parts and machinery. Blessed throughout his life with three sons, their wives, who were like daughters to Tom and he considered them his girls.
His life centered around friends, Faith, and most importantly family. His friends were found at the Sterling Lions Club, Church, Cenex, and everywhere else he would go; greeting them with a “Hello”, hand shake, a quick one liner, and/or a smile. He had strong faith and convictions, including treating others how he wanted to be treated and making sure that people were happy, not angry. He lent a hand when he was able and offered an inspiring word when it was needed. His family and his wife were the number one priorities in his life. He was proud of each family member and wanted above all else them to be happy.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Verlla, Sterling; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (Peggy) of Sterling, Tim (Eileen) and Brian (Alice), both of Menoken; six grandchildren, Missy of Sterling, Rick (Brandy) and Brett (Mary), both of Bismarck, Buddy, Harley and Caleigh, all of Menoken; one grandchild-in-law, Jamie of Bismarck; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Dorothy Keyes of Towner and Jayne (Danny) Zahn of Mandan; brother, Peter Geloff of Las Vegas; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Grenz of, Phoenix, AZ and Anita Geloff of Manti, UT; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, granddaughter, Crissy Lang, brothers, Norman and John, sister, Helen Whitmore, sister-in-law, Pat, brothers-in-law, Tim Whitmore, Bill Keyes and Richard Grenz, and nephews, Dale Whitmore and Nathaniel Zahn.