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Thomas A Cutsinger
Sep 16, 1940 - Oct 29, 2011
Posted by: Janet Laubhan Flickinger

http://www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/

Thomas A. Cutsinger passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Norman.  He was born the youngest of two sons to Lewis and Faye DuPriest Cutsinger on September 16, 1940 in Henryetta, Oklahoma. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in the Chapel of  the  Havenbrook Funeral Home with Reverend Bruce Ingram officiating. The family will greet friends  Monday, October 31, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman .

Burial will follow at Blackburn Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Havenbrook Funeral Home. 

He married the love of his life and best friend, Linda Kay Wright on October 14, 1966.  They had two children, a daughter, Harriet Suzanne Cutsinger Krohmer and a son Lewis Anthony  “Luke” Cutsinger.  He was a loving devoted husband, father and grandfather whose family meant everything to him.  He spent most of his youth in Okmulgee, Okla. but moved around due to his father's occupation.  He graduated from Purcell High School in 1958 afterwards joining the Navy with his best friend Dale “Tator” Wall.  He spent 23 months aboard a tanker whose home port was in Subic Bay,  Philippines.  After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1961 he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1961 to 1966.  He was in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 on an ammunition ship.  He loved the sea and loved to travel, this was a way for both loves.  After his marriage he went to school and graduated from Oklahoma State University with an Associates Degree.  He owned and operated Tom's Body Shop in Norman from 1975 to 1981 and restored corvettes and boats.  He was a master at fiberglass work being able to make his own molds.  He was involved in an oil field explosion and it took several years to recuperate.  His love of the sea called and he again joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1989 to 1996.  He was involved in an accident aboard ship and suffered a brain injury.  He was med-evacuated off the ship and spent three weeks in a hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland.  Before the accident he traveled extensively working in six of the seven continents.  He worked on the East River and Hudson River in New York, the Mississippi River and most of the coastal regions of the United States.  He also worked in Canada, South America, Far East, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Diego Garcia and many other islands.  He always said he was blessed and enjoyed his happy, adventurous and rewarding life.  Upon his return home while recuperating, he got involved with wood sculpting.  He was a talented artist and accomplished woodcarver.  He was an avid gardener who loved to can and share his bounty.  He won 1st prize for pickled okra at the Cleveland County Fair.  He loved to travel and when at a beach he could “beach-comb”  for hours looking for shells and “treasures”.  He collected nautical memorbilla.  He was also very proud of his Native American Choctaw roots.  He loved camping and target practice with his family.  He maintained the acreage his family lived on and made it as beautiful and peaceful as a park.  He was immaculate in the care of his home and yard.  His exceptional work ethic was passed on to his children.  For many years he held a notorious 4th of July picnic for family and friends.  There were games played all day while Tom cooked his famous BBQ, then he would put on a great fireworks display in the evening.  He enjoyed watching his son play soccer and loved teaching him auto body and carpentry.  He and his daughter loved to work in the flower garden and took several horticulture classes together as well as oriental cooking classes.  He and Linda have watched and babysat their two year old twin granddaughters since the day they were born.   He adored them and they adored their Poppy.  He belonged to the American Legion #88 in Norman, Lifetime member of the VFW Post #15037, Okla. Mariners, American Merchant Marine Veterans, Steamship Society of America, The Propellor Club of the U.S., National Rifle Assn,, NAUS, and the Norman Moose Lodge #1799.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a niece, Elizabeth Cutsinger. 

He is survived by his wife Linda, son Luke, daughter Suzanne and husband Dustin Krohmer, two granddaughters Morgan and Katelynn, one brother Bill Cutsinger and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.


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