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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Tommy Deplois

Tommy Lee "Tom" Deplois

Monday, November 16th, 1925 - Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Tommy Lee (Tom) Deplois was born November 16, 1925 to Louis and Ines (Smith) Deplois in Oklahoma City. Tom entered heaven on December 10, 2019 after a short illness at the age of 94.
Tom graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1943 and soon after the US Army Air Corp.(soon to be the US Air Force) in January 1945. He was an aviation navigator on B29 bombers in the Pacific theater until he left active duty in 1947. He flew a number of missions, nut most often told the story of dropping leaflets over Japan describing where and how to get support immediately after two atomic bombs had been unleashed. Tom served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Air Force Reserves until being honorably discharged in 1957.
In 1945, just before he shipped out to Guam, Tom married his childhood sweetheart, Veronica Cook. They celebrated their 74th anniversary in 2019. Tom and Veronica had two daughters – Debbie, who was disabled from birth, and Nancy, who was an elementary teacher like her mother. Nancy and he husband Tony gave them 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren whom they both adored. Tom took the grandchildren on individual vacations to make their time special to places like Colorado skiing, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco, Glacier Park, and the Galapagos Islands.
Tom earned an accounting degree from Oklahoma City University. He spent his career in the oil industry mostly for Sohio in Oklahoma City, but also spent significant time in Alaska with the pipeline project and later lived and worked in Houston several years.
Tom learned to play golf after college – he was a self-taught natural. He loved the game – he had five aces in his lifetime but was more proud of “shooting his age” at 68 years old. But the game mostly meant comradery to Tom, He and the Wild Bunch of Don, Duane, Louis, Lloyd, Earnie and Dale had many great rounds together. Sometimes they let Tony play, if he had enough dimes to cover his losses. Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers Harold and Billy; sister Iva Lou; beloved daughter Debbie and wife Veronica. Tom is survived by daughter Nancy and Tony Gardner; grandson Joel and Courtney Gardner and great-grandchildren Brenley and Noah; granddaughter Angi Gardner; grandson Josh and Andrea Gardner and great-grandchildren Lauraline, Evie and Maia; and many family and friends.
Visitation will be Monday December 16th from 6-8:00 pm at Vondel Smith Mortuary-North.
A memorial service will be held December 27, 2019 at the North Colonial Chapel of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd. OKC, OK 73142.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Vondel Smith & Son Mortuary North
    Address
    13125 N. MacArthur
    Oklahoma City, OK 73142
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Vondel L. Smith Mortuary - North Colonial Chapel
    Address
    13125 N. MacArthur Blvd
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73142
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  • Interment

    Location
    Resurrection Memorial Cemetery
    Address
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Beth Plant

Posted at 04:29pm
Tom worked with my father, Harry Koeppel, at Sohio Petroleum. My dad always thought the world of Tom!!!
I was lucky enough to have met Tom and Veronica and send my condolences to Nancy and her family.
After 74 years of married life, can you just imagine how happy they are in Heaven to see each other again!!
Sincerely, Beth Koeppel Plant
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Cynde Chesher Clark

Posted at 05:20pm
In memory of a wonderful man who truly made a difference in my life. Keeping Nancy, Tony and their family in my prayers.
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