Thomas Ladd Gesme

Born: Mon., Jan. 3, 1944
Died: Tue., Jan. 31, 2012

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Thomas Ladd Gesme, age 68, of Greensboro, GA, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family. Mr. Gesme was born on January 3, 1944 in Madison, WI. He was a 1962 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA and in 1967 earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Memphis State University. He served as vice president of Sigma Chi Fraternity, but the highlight of his college years was meeting his future wife, Virginia Anne Atkinson, whom he married in 1967. The majority of his working years were spent at Baxter International, starting out in Quality Control and ending years later as National Accounts Manager. His career required moves to Arkansas, Alabama and Illinois enabling him to enjoy many parts of the U. S. and to become a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Tom was an avid fisherman and golfer, who was always happy to share his passions with others. Three years ago, Tom and Virginia moved from Statesboro, GA to the Del Webb Community in Greensboro, GA. Tom became a very familiar figure at Del Webb, where he was often seen wearing his maroon jacket, tending the fire at the Pavilion for Sunday evening sunsets, fishing off the piers and helping friends and neighbors on the bocce courts.

In addition to his wife Virginia, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie Tipperreiter and her husband Jim of Mundelein, IL; a son, David Gesme of Spring, TX; two grandchildren, Monica and Rachel Tipperreiter; and a number of relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald Russell Gesme and Catherine Rocca Gesme.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Del Webb Pavilion, 1001 Muscogee Way, Greensboro, GA with Fred Reese officiating. Family and friends will gather at the Del Webb Clubhouse immediately following the service. The family requests that any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. The guest register can be signed at

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lowell anderson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
So sorry for the loss of your father. Your family is in my prayers.

Mary Beth Wagner
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
David, my prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your dad. I pray that in time your memories of him will take away from the loss.

Ron Beagles
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
David - I share your grief at this time and extend my sympathy for your loss. God bless Ron

Joan Phelts
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
We will miss our "fishing buddy" this spring. It just won't be the same. Hopefully, Virginia will continue to go with us. I don't think I will ever eat strawberry jelly again and not think of Tom. Our prayers are with Virginia, Debbie and David. We love you. Jo an and Lewis Phelts

Vicki Farrer
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christy Frost
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Virginia and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you hold dear. May God Bless you. Christy Frost

don and sue buzzell
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
great picture of tom and of course the maroon jacket! here's to a bottle of bourbon and a flat iron steak! it was fun while it lasted. tom, you will be missed. don and sue

Fred & Elsa Vazquez
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Tom, we will miss you very much.

Dan and Jane Kirby
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Tom made a huge impact with so many of us here in Del Webb. His smile and laughter were always there reminding us of his jovial disposition and easy going manner. His time spent making warm glowing fires at our Pavilion will always be in our memories. Our prayers continue to be with the family during these difficult days. May God give you peace, love, comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead.

Nathan & Pauline Rentz
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you comfort and peace during this time.

Bill and Amy Fasano
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
We will miss having you here to talk Husker football and share those wonderful fires you build to keep us warm. Virginia, Debbie and David, you are in our thougths and prayers. God bless and keep you now and forever. Love ya!

Scott Ludwig
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Tom will be dearly missed. He was one of the most happy and kind souls I ever met. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Terry Pedersen
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Tom was the best fire tender anywhere. I'll carry fond memories with me all of my days.

Sandy & Bob LaClaire
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Virginia and Family - Tom was a special person who will always be remembered in our community. We will miss him! Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

Trina Berry
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Virgina, We are so sorry we will miss Tom's service as we are out of town. We both thought a lot of him. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you. With love, Trina

Karl & Diana Peper
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Tom - you showed us so much kindness when we first arrived in the US, driving us, helping us, including us. We miss your presence in the house opposite very much.

Ed Craven
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
We send the Gesme Family our deepest condolences for your loss. We were aware of the protracted illness and to that end we are relieved that Tom is at peace.

Gail NeSmith
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Virginia and family - My heart is heavy for all of you as you have to face the upcoming days. The good Lord "built us right" with the ability to remember the good times that we shared with our loved ones. I am especially so happy to learn how the wonderful the move was for both of you. Tom must have truly found his piece of heaven on earth. I will be thing of you all on Saturday and will call you again soon.

Libba Holmes
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Virginia, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Mark and Libba Holmes

Howard & Janet Nail
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Dear Virginia and family... just know that you have our deepest sympathy in your tremedous loss. Cannot imagine what you are going through not ever having lost our spouse but we do know it must be very hard. We will keep you in our prayers asking God to help you through this time. Love you, Janet

Thea and Dwight Crenshaw
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
May your days be filled with loving and warm memories of Tom. We did not know him long but be are better for having known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bubba & Dee Kerlin
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
What a good man! He was the very first to make us feel welcome at DWLO. We will miss him dearly.

Stan and Rosa Sides
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Our condolences to Virginia and family. Tom was a special guy who will be missed by all.

Helen West
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Virginia, I am so glad you and Tom moved to Del Webb and we got to share the last three years with Tom. He will truely be missed by everyone who knew him. You and your family will be kept in my prayers. Love, Helen

Linda Frates
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
Dear Virginia, Just to let you know, dear friend, that Paul and I send you our deepest sympathy and love. Tom was always so nice to the both of us. He was funny with his dry sense of humor and we'll miss him a lot, along with his "Members Only" jacket. He was the only one who could get away with wearing something like that. We are here if you ever need anything. Love, Paul and Linda

Barb & Roger Gross
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Virginia, so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. Roger & I certainly are very glad for the many good memories we have of him. Still think of him on the dock fishing as we went out on our pontoon boat. We would wave and thought how well he knew how to enjoy those fishing moments. Hugs, Roger & Barb