Tom Gregg, 65 years old, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 14, 2015 (his father’s birthday), after a year of battling mesothelioma.
Tom (George Thomas Gregg III) was born to George and Doris Gregg on July 26, 1950, in Ontario, Ore. In 1952 the family moved to Quincy where his father and uncles farmed south of Quincy. Tom attended the Quincy schools and graduated in 1968.
He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Education from Multnomah School of the Bible in 1973. Upon graduation, Tom saw farming as a way of life he wanted to embrace. On Nov. 20, 1993, he married his good friend and love of his life, Rebecca Whitesitt.
Tom grew up on the farm working side by side with his father and uncle. He was active in 4-H as a boy (gardening projects and raising steers) and Future Farmers of America in high school. You would see this young man following his dad, helping any way he could, whether it was irrigating, working in the fields or working on farm equipment. Tom was a farmer who believed he was a steward of the land God gave him. He enjoyed the relationships developed with neighbors, field men, ditchriders, farmers and others working in the agricultural community. Farming was a means to create a home and living for his family.
Most important was his relationship with God and sharing it with others. He was active in his church (First Baptist Quincy), which included working with the AWANA program. Tom enjoyed three trips to Botswana and Benin, Africa, to assist building churches with Steve Bell and Colin Ovenell. Tom found great delight in studying and teaching God’s Word.
Tom is survived by his wife, Rebecca of Quincy; children, Miriam of Idaho, Nathanial (Tabitha) of Florida, Elijah (Whitney), Nathan, Jeremiah, Janelle, all of Quincy, and Samuel (Bethany) of Portland; seven grandchildren, Atalee, Ethan, Isaic, Oliver, Ari, Baylie and Malikai; his mother, Doris of Quincy; and sisters, Annette (Roger) Zacher of Sunnyside and Janice Gregg of Albany, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Thomas Gregg Jr.
Visitation will be noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at Faith Community Church, 1005 10th Ave. S.W. in Quincy. Concluding service will follow in the Quincy Valley Cemetery. A reception will be held following the services at Faith Community Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan, Portland, OR, 97220.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.