HOWLAND - Thomas L. Mines, 69, of Howland, transitioned to the next life at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital-St. Joseph Health Center Campus in Warren.
He was born March 8, 1945, in Warren, the son of the late Delbert Lloyd and Lois Eileen Rohrbach Mines.
Mr. Mines was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received a purple heart and a bronze star.
Tom was a self-employed heavy machine operator, owning Mines Excavating and House Moving in the 1970s and1980s in Vienna. He enjoyed deer hunting and the outdoors, western movies, Harley Davidson Motorcycles; he also liked to listen to Kenny Rogers and Ray Charles. In his younger years, he lived in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and enjoyed boating. Tom also loved his Doberman Pinschers.
Survivors include his children, Thomas M. Mines of New Albany, Ronald L. (Kimberly) Mines of Cortland, and Kimberly A. Mines and her husband Robert W. Zamarelli of Evanston, Ill.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family is very grateful for the years of wonderful and tender caretaking given by his brother-in-law, Norman Baxter, and his nephew Brian (Stacy) Baxter of Howland; and his niece, Holly Marchio of Howland and two great-nieces and one great-nephew.
Other than his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his sister Janice Baxter.
Memorial services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the John Howland Room of the Howland Community Church, where celebrant Randi Pappa will celebrate Thomas' life. Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
Tom will be laid to rest in the Howland Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Coleville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910; or by calling 1-800-882-1310; or by visiting their website at www.vva.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel in Cortland.
Condolences may be offered online at shaferwinanschapel.com.