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Thomas Frederick Erbes


January 20, 2021

April 10, 1934 - Jan. 14, 2021

Thomas “Tom” F. Erbes, 86, of Sweet Home, was beckoned home by the Lord on Thursday evening, Jan. 14, 2021.

He was born April 10, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Doris M. (Fowler) and Russell F. Erbes.

He lived a life filled with mischief, hard work, and lots of laughter. Whenever life knocked him over, he simply got up and started rebuilding. He was an example of perseverance, sacrifice, service, and grace. His sense of humor was priceless.

Tom is survived by his wife, Jocelyn O’Brien Erbes; daughter Crystal (Erbes) Gower; grandson Thomas “Tommy” Gower; sisters Shirley (Erbes) Gehring and Judy (Erbes) Brenneman; brother-in-law Ricky Lyons (husband to Nancy (Erbes) Lyons, deceased); step-children Brendan O’Brien, Maureen (O’Brien) Sturgeon, Patrick O’Brien, Timothy O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Danny O’Brien; and many step-grandchildren.

Viewing will be at noon Friday Jan. 22, with a funeral following at 1p.m., both at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, 1443 Long St., Sweet Home.

Burial with military honors will follow at Lewis Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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