Thomas Everett Lawson obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Thomas Everett Lawson

May 14, 1922 - March 27, 2011

Obituary


Thomas E. Lawson was born May 14th 1922 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to John Ernest Lawson and Ada E. Lawson. Growing up during the Great Depression with his sister Mary, brothers Jonny and Fred gave Tom an appreciation for both the simple and elegant things in life and nature. He joined the Army during WWII and served in North Africa and Sicilian fronts before being captured during an offensive push into Northern Italy where his unit was sacrificed as part of a diversion action designed to draw the German defenses away from the area where the...

Thomas E. Lawson was born May 14th 1922 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to John Ernest Lawson and Ada E. Lawson. Growing up during the Great Depression with his sister Mary, brothers Jonny and Fred gave Tom an appreciation for both the simple and elegant things in life and nature. He joined the Army during WWII and served in North Africa and Sicilian fronts before being captured during an offensive push into Northern Italy where his unit was sacrificed as part of a diversion action designed to draw the German defenses away from the area where the main movement of the Allies was to occur. Despite heavy losses they were successful in holding the Germans' attention until they were overrun and captured. The action of his unit provided the Allies the needed time to flank the Germans and win a decisive battle that was integral to the Allied success in Northern Italy. After nearly two years in captivity Tom was able to escape to Russia via Poland. It took him nearly three months to eventually get home to the United States.
He later married Anna F. Thomas and in 1952 had a son Thomas R. Lawson. In 1966 they divorced and on 20 September 1967 he wed the love of his life, Betty Sue Weisenstein. Sue brought two sons into Tom's life, Jerry and DarylWeisenstein. Tom and Sue lived, laughed and loved for more than 45 years. Tom was an avid outdoorsman, flyfisher and fisherman. He and Sue skied, backpacked, camped, cross country skied across the western states and travelled extensively overseas with multiple trips to Israel, Europe and Hawaii. Tom was accomplished in the art of handyman, utilizing skills in general construction, mechanics, electricity, plumbing and good old common sense to modify and improve every house he ever lived in. Tom had successful careers in trucking sales and later owned his own realty company.
Tom is survived by his son Tom, stepsons Jerry and Daryl, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law and brother-in-law. He was active in military reunion groups for the 3rd Infantry division, Oflag 64 and POW groups.His story "Escape to Russia" was published in the POW newsletter/magazine a few years ago. Tom was respected, liked and loved. He will be missed.

Please leave condolences for the family through this website.

Arrangements under the direction of Martin Mortuary, Grand Junction, CO.