Thomas Orin "Tom" Gerstung

Birth Date: 
Saturday, July 2, 1949
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

WOOSTER-Thomas Orin “Tom” Gerstung, 67, of Wooster passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in his home.

He was born July 2, 1949 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Charles K. and Alyce M. Borland Gerstung. He married Barbara Hoge Sample on November 28, 2009. She survives.

Tom was a member of Wooster United Methodist Church.

Tom truly loved life and really enjoyed being out in the community. With his wife he delivered meals on wheels twice a week to over 20 homes in the area. He was also involved with educating local youth about the dangers of smoking and using tobacco. He was very passionate about cooking and all kinds of technology. Tom was also known by his friends and family as the king of all trivia games because of his love of learning.

Tom was a 19 year, stage 4 cancer survivor who regularly met with people going through cancer treatment to provide support and encouragement. He wanted to provide strength and be a positive impact on everyone he could who was going through treatment.

Tom was a great friend to so many people but his love for his wife Barb was the most important part of his life. He was truly a great man who will be missed by so many people.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his step-children Scott DeSimone of Denver, CO., Elizabeth (Nick Stangelo) Sample of Wooster and Jay Sample of Canton; a grandson, Jake Fonte of Wooster and his siblings, Charles R. and wife Bonnie of Arlington Heights., IL, Barbara L. (Wallace) Peluse and husband Richard of Troy, MI, Harrison W. Wallace and wife Linda of Barrington, IL, Virginia J. Wallace of Dublin, CA, Richard M. Wallace of Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth (Wallace) Squires and husband James of Charlotte, NC; beloved mother-in-law, Margery Hoge; brothers-in-law, John (Rebecca) Hoge of Monclova, Ohio and Jim (Claire) Hoge of Papaaloa, HI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles K. Gerstung and Alyce M. (Borland) (Gerstung) Wallace, sisters, Marcia A. (Gerstung) Gehrke, Christie A. Wallace and Nancy T. Wallace.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made in Tom’s honor to the Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



Memorial Contributions: 

Contributions may be made in Tom’s honor to the Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.


No calling hours


Memorial service on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooste


Tom was a very special man and touched countless lives including mine. He was a beacon of optimism, love, sincerity and kindness. Tom was and will always be very special to me and so many others. Over the years, Tom and I enjoyed so many fun conversations about politics, sports and life itself. Tom was THE man I always looked to for advice and trusted in everything he said. Tom will be missed in ways difficult to express, he truly was a very special man and enhanced the lives of us fortunate enough to have know him. It is with the confidence that Tom is at peace in Heaven that helps mend the pain I feel in his passing. His advice, love and kindness and all that he taught me over many years will be a big part of who I am and how I raise my kids and treat others. It was and will continue to be an honor and a privilege to have been part of such a wonderful mans life! May God bless you T! You will always be loved, thought of and remembered as the blessing to so many that you always were. Thank you for helping me become the man I am today,your spirit lives on.........

My heart goes out to Barbara and her family. Tom is in heaven now and is at peace and with no discomforts. He has done his work to make this planet a better place in so many ways. He was the kindest man I ever knew and he brought so much happiness to my dear dear friend Barbara. I am so happy that Barbara and Tom found each other to complete each other's lives. I know that God will give Barbara the strength to carry on the way Tom would want her to.

Barb, I am so sorry for this sadness in your life. Praying that your heart is filled with precious memories and you feel God's strength as he lovingly wraps you both in his arms. Cindi

Sorry to hear of your loss. I know your strength and faith will be there for you.
I am sure you realize what a important person you have been for our family. Just sorry I did not have the opportunity to know this man who brought so much happiness into your life.
JoAnn Stype (Rex)

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