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APTOS, Calif. -- November 5, 1925 – December 1, 2018 -- A private committal with military honors is being planned for Thomas Suerdieck who passed away peacefully this past weekend in Aptos, California. He had recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. Born in Tipp City, Ohio, he served his country in the US Navy during WW II as a hospital corpsman with the 1st Marine Division on Okinawa and Occupation China. Following his service duties, he attended Northwestern University on the GI Bill and earned his degree in Podiatry.

Dr. Suerdieck practiced for more than 20 years in Mattoon, Illinois. During this time, he was active in the local Knights of Columbus and Elks. He relocated his family to San Jose, California in the 1970s, and retired in Aptos with his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty. The Suerdiecks were active members of the Mid-County Senior Center, leading the bridge and poker clubs and enjoying time with friends. Tom's love for cards and knack for winning will fondly be remembered by his family and loved ones. A lifelong Norte Dame fan, Tom rarely missed watching a game and cheering for his favorite team.

Tom made many dear friends with the residents, staff, and care givers of Aegis of Aptos where he has lived for the past 4 years. He was very proud of his family, and felt blessed for his ability to continue to drive his car and be very self-sufficient up until this past year. Other cherished memories that will continue to be shared include his long walks from his former residence to New Brighton Beach where he would feed his birds, his fondness for enjoying a cigar in the sun, and finishing off the afternoon with a good bourbon.

He is survived by his sister Sandy, children Chris, Jeff, Leslie, Scott and Trent, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Betty, he was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Emma, and siblings Vera, Lorraine, Bill and Carl.

Any kind acts of charity can be made in his memory to Hospice of Santa Cruz.

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