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Thomas Pete Stamus

May 16, 1923 — November 17, 2011

POCATELLO-Thomas P. Stamus of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on November 17, 2011 of natural causes. His strong belief in God prepared him well for this phase of life.

Tom, a lifelong resident of Pocatello, was born on May 16, 1923 to Greek immigrants, Peter Stamos and Demetra Zizzis. Tom attended public schools in Pocatello, and joined the U.S. Army on January 25, 1943. Active in the European theater in World War II, Tom's regiment played an important role in the liberation of France. While in the army, he completed mechanics school and achieved the rank of sergeant. Tom was recognized for his skills in marksmanship and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a silver star.

After returning from military duty, Tom held mechanic positions in Pocatello and eventually was employed by Garrett Freight Lines. As a mechanic, he was active as a member of the automotive machinist union. After a successful and satisfying 40 year career with Garrett, Tom retired in 1985.

Tom married Verlene Davis. They were later divorced. They had two children, Kathy DeLeon and Thomas Todd Stamus, both currently reside in Denver, Colorado. Tom was also step father to Douglas Kress who he raised. For the last 25 years, Tom enjoyed a special friendship with Willadean (Deanie) Noe. They experienced many enjoyable times travelling and camping in Idaho. Stanley was an ideal destination for them to spend time together with family. Darrell Briggs of Pocatello was a lifelong friend of Tom who provided many an opportunity for a cup a coffee and a story.

Tom offered his mechanical expertise willingly to assist friends and family with repairs on cars and anything mechanical that required attention. He also enjoyed monitoring HAM radio communications from around the world.

Tom is survived by his good friend and companion Deanie Noe her 3 children and 8 grand children, his daughter Kathy DeLeon and 1 son , his son Todd (Lorie) Stamus their 3 children and one great grandson.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and good friend and cousin Sam Thiros.

There will be no memorial services held at this time. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road, 238-8000. Condolences may be sent to Tom's family at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.

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