Tom Field, 75, passed away on July 15, 2015, in the arms of his wife, Beth. Moments later, he was welcomed home by his grinning granddaughter Lexus, nephew David, brother Duane, and his parents.
Posted on 7/31/15
Tom was born in Langdon on May 3, 1940 to Earl and Bessie Field. From an early age, he showed a penchant for mechanics and engineering, and began forging friendships that would last a lifetime. He attended Langdon High School and would have joked that he graduated in 1812, as he often told those around him that he was “older than dirt.” He owned Coast to Coast Hardware in Langdon. Later, he moved with his family to Miles City, Mont. where he started business with F & R Construction. He started working for Roundup Powder Company in 1987 as an explosives engineer. He continued working as an explosives engineer with ICI then Nelson Brothers Mining Services until his retirement. His passions were many. He loved camping in the mountains near lakes, hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling, and golfing. He was equally happy when visiting with his innumerable friends and neighbors, entertaining and joking with his trademark sense of humor. He loved the simple comforts of home, cooking and grilling with family and friends. He married Beth on September 8, 1990. Together they lived life to the fullest, spending their free time camping and traveling to new destinations. On a recent adventure to Oregon – a place called Lost Beach – Tom told Beth with a wink that “we found it, it’s not lost anymore.” They loved finding new, quiet places together, spending hours exploring in the sun. Even during the rainstorms, he would look at Beth, smile, and remind her that “they made their own sunshine.” He was diagnosed with ocular melanoma many years ago. He lived healthy and cancer-free long past the timelines that doctors predicted. He made the most of every day. When the disease returned in 2015, he again bested the doctors predictions by going home quickly – winning his fight with cancer through the almighty God and entering the realm that has no pain nor suffering. He left this earth on his own terms, in the same dignified way that he lived.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bessie, brother Duane, nephew David, and granddaughter Lexus.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Field, of Sheridan, Wyo. and their 11 grandchildren; brother Lorne (Gertie) Field of Langdon; daughter Michelle Anderson of Sandy, Utah (Vince and three granddaughters); son Todd Field of Billings, Mont. (Kim and two granddaughters); Cindy Field, mother of Michelle and Todd; son Reno Peterson (Lisa and two granddaughters) of St. Louis, Mo.; Alex Peterson (three grandchildren) of Waterloo, Mont.; and Misty Peterson (one grandson) of Reno, Nev.; and sister-in-law Joanne (Duane Field). Tom also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation at Tom’s Tribute page on the Ocular Melanoma Foundation website (ocularmelanoma.org), or through The Bank of Sheridan, Tom Field Memorial Account, 1375 Sugarland Dr., Sheridan, Wyoming 82801. Beth, in memory of Tom, hopes to make a difference for those fighting ocular melanoma. Together they will continue their travels apart until they are reunited for adventures in Heaven.
Tom always said, “I never met a stranger.” Tom has family and friends from Alaska to Florida, “From sea to shining sea” and beyond.
A Celebration of Life – Tribute to Tom – will take place at the Field family home, 2308 Aspen Grove Dr. in Sheridan, Wyo. on September 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to come share their tears, laughter, and memories.
Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with Champion Funeral Home, Sheridan, Wyo.