Thomas O. Bruch

Birth Date: 
Sunday, November 21, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Monday, July 9, 2018

WOOSTER - Tom Bruch died July 9, 2018, in the comfort and beauty of his home with the love of his family and under the care of Ohio's LifeCare Hospice

   Thomas O. Bruch was born November 21, 1926 to Edward P. and Helen Osborne Bruch in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from University School, and had enlisted in the Air Force prior to high school graduation, serving in British Guyana until his discharge as a corporal in 1948.  Soon thereafter he met, fell in love with, and married Elisabeth "Libby" Swiler on February 4, 1950.

   Seven years later Tom, Libby and 4 young children, Deborah, Ginna, Toby, and Rusty moved to a dairy farm in rural Wayne County. Tom knew nothing about farming, but loved the idea of it, having read Louis Bromfield's books.

"Moving to the farm was the best thing that happened to all of us!" his children agree. "We had a wonderful childhood" horses, pigs, lambs, 4-H, Scouts. Tom was immersed in it all, and farmed for 13 years. The farm had been named Quailcrest Farm because of seeing quail in the fields, and in 1975, following a dream of Libby's, Quailcrest Farm as is known today was established with Tom's full support. Tom was always visible, welcoming and enthusiastic at all events.

Over many years, Tom gave of himself to the greater Wooster community as well as his family.  He joined First Presbyterian Church serving on numerous committees.  He was in Rotary, Century Club, and elected to Wooster City School Board. He was a founding member of Downtown Rebounders cheering on the College of Wooster Scots Basketball Team.    He had time for hobbies and interests including woodworking, stained glass and golf as well as extensive travel. Tom and Libby, and then Tom and Lois, were enthusiastic fans and supporters of Ohio Light Opera.

  For 21 years Tom served on the Board of Governors of the Wooster Community Hospital.  Of all his altruistic services, his dedication to the hospital's Facilities Committee gave him his greatest sense of satisfaction.

The death of Libby, after exactly 60 years of marriage, was a great sadness.  Tom was more than fortunate to have a second love and companion for the rest of his life, long-time friend Lois Ann Taylor whom he married in August 2011.

  Tom's survivors include his wife Lois, and children Deborah (Mark) Robinson, Ginna (Dana) Phillips, Thomas (Joan) Bruch, and Russell (Cora) Bruch all of Wooster..   He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Tommy (Casey) Bruch and Bronson and Brecken; Megan Wright and Halle, Blake, and Lillie; Kyle Phillips and Evan; Claire, Joseph, and Meredith Bruch; Chris and Dallas Robinson; Lois's children Letitia (David) Rhodes, Mark (Tina Addison) Taylor, Leslie (Kelly) Marcum and their families; and by his sister, Polly White of Waite Hill, Ohio.  Tom is also survived by friends, too many to name or count.

  Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Avenue, Wooster.  A lunch reception will follow in Bruch Hall at which time friends may greet the family.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, or Ohio's LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or Wooster Community Hospital Foundation, 1761 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691 Attn: Angela Rincon.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, or Ohio's LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or Wooster Community Hospital Foundation, 1761 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691 Attn: Angela Rincon.


Family will receive friends following service


Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster


To the entire Bruch clan, you have my sincerest and heartfelt sympathy in the wake of Tom's passing. Thank you for sharing such a special man, and his beloved farm, with the greater Wooster community. It's not too often that a slice of Heaven is created here on Earth for so many to enjoy, but that's exactly what he did. A life well-lived truly is a wonderful thing, and Tom's life is certainly a testament to that. There is no amount of space, distance or time that can separate you from Tom's deep love and affection. Bless you all.

Your father and Libby were special to our whole family . We are saddened to hear of his children and Lois’s loss.
Our trip to Switzerland with the annual reunion meal, teaching us about smoking Swiss cheese, hiring our daughter to work in the greenhouse,
our evenings with cheese and wine, our church times and so much more. His lively presence will be missed and the joy of seeing his children and Lois will always be a pleasant reminder of this wonderful person in our lives.

Dear Bruch Family. We are so sad that Tom has passed, but he and Libby live on in all of you and your loving ways, given to you by them. Thank you for all that your parents and you have done for all of us. May you always walk with them both in your hearts and pockets. You have all made the world a better place.
Love and comfort to you, Jimmy and Susi

Please accept our sincere condolence for your loss. The Bruch family was always kind and helpful to our daughters and are special in our remembrance.

Dear Bruch family,
Thinking of you all at this time. Our sincere sympathy for your loss.

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