A Memorial Service for Tom Fetherston will be held Friday, July 17, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Anselm’s Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers people use their time and treasure to go visit the shut in and/or sick. Tom and Delores thought this was important and enjoyed chances to go visit others during their life. So please pay it forward. The family also request to please dress casual. Tom was the happiest in a T-shirt and Levi’s. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.govierbrothers.com. Govier Brothers Mortuary will comply with the CDC and State of Nebraska, there will be limited seating. You are asked to wear a mask. We sincerely encourage each person to make your decision whether to attend based on the best interest of your health and that of your community.
Tom Fetherston, formerly of Anselmo, passed away in Lincoln on April 15, 2020. He had lived the last few years in Lincoln to be closer to his daughter, Shelley. But his heart always remained in Anselmo and the Sandhills area. He loved quizzing people he met to see if they knew where Anselmo or even the Sandhills were located. If they didn’t, he was more than happy to offer a quick geography and history lesson. However, if they did know, Tom considered them a friend right then and there. He never met a stranger who he couldn’t talk to. He enjoyed being with people both young and old. He also enjoyed sharing his dry sense of humor with all.
Tom was born Thomas Edward Fetherston on July 28, 1933 to William and Evelyn (Schlund) Fetherston in Dunning, NE. After the death of his father, he moved to Anselmo and attended elementary school. He graduated from Anselmo High School in 1952. Tom served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1960. Even though he only shared a few details from his time in Korea, he was a proud combat veteran. He married Delores Dickey at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church on February 20, 1960. They had one daughter, Shelley. They made their home in Anselmo for 58 years. Tom worked on the railroad first and later for Becton Dickinson. He worked at Becton Dickinson for 36 years before retiring in 1999.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores; sisters Emily and Alice; brother Donald; half-sisters Lydia Mae, Wilma, and Frances. He leaves behind one daughter, Shelley Wilson (Kurt) of Lincoln; grandson Seth Wilson of Lincoln; granddaughter Abby Perry (Brandon) and great-granddaughter Olivia of Charlottesville, VA; brothers and sisters-in-law Gene Dickey (Ardyce) of Cozad, Wanda Nielsen (Greg) of Valentine, and Marie Dickey of Omaha; many nieces and nephews.