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Thomas "Tom" Orr Mischen

July 8, 1948 January 27, 2020
Thomas "Tom" Orr Mischen
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Obituary for Thomas "Tom" Orr Mischen

On January 27, 2020, Tom died after a courageous 15-year battle with lung cancer.

Devoted husband of Linda (Flis) for 51 years, father of Pamela (Joe Palka) Mischen, David (Cariann) Mischen, and Kim (Duane) Guthrie, and grandfather of Chandler Mischen Gazzo, Allie Mischen, Emily Mischen, Sara Mischen, Lydia Guthie, Sam Guthrie, and Jack Guthrie.

Tom was born on July 8, 1948 and was a lifelong resident of West Deer Township. As a boy he began working for his neighbor Charles Peckham at Christonia Farms and his love of farming was born.

He graduated from West Deer High School in 1966, then studied agriculture at Penn State University. As a student, he was inducted into the Coaly Society, an invitation-only honor society for Agricultural Sciences student leaders. His love for all things Penn State (especially football) was another of his life’s passions. With college roommate, Sy Tanner, he established a scholarship which funds two students per year, one for students majoring in biorenewable systems and one in agricultural extension and education.

After graduation he worked briefly as an animal feed salesman and a vo-ag teacher at Apollo Ridge High School. He then worked in sales and construction for Huskee-Bilt pole buildings before starting his own pole building construction firm. Over time he built his beef cattle herd, culminating in the establishment of the retail market, Mish Farms Meat Market.

Tom was a member of St. Victor Parish in Bairdford. At various times over a 20-year period he served as a lay minister and parish council member. He was the festival chairman for 13 years.

Tom was a man of unbounded optimism. He valued hard work, devotion to family (immediate and extended), and loyalty to friends. He believed in our mutual responsibility for each other and investing in the next generation. Tom was known throughout the community as the go-to-guy when things broke down, or when someone needed advice, consolation or employment. He was never too busy to help a friend in need and took on the troubles of those he cared about as his own. Next year when you see his NOEL sign on the hill, think of Tom and how much he loved life.

Tom’s family will welcome friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Friday, February 7 at King Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, February 8 at St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, 527 Bairdford Road in Bairdford. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, Tom asked that donations be made to the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship fund. Donations can be made at www.raise.psu.edu/MischenTannerScholarship, or checks made out to Penn State University can be mailed to Office of Donor and Member Services, 2583 Gateway Dr., Suite 130, State College, PA 16801. Indicate Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the memo line.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

7

Feb

2:00 PM 2/7/2020 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 2/7/2020 4:00:00 PM
King Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

2841 Woodland Circle
Allison Park, PA 15101

King Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
2841 Woodland Circle Allison Park 15101 PA
United States

Visitation

Friday

7

Feb

6:00 PM 2/7/2020 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/7/2020 8:00:00 PM
King Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

2841 Woodland Circle
Allison Park, PA 15101

King Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
2841 Woodland Circle Allison Park 15101 PA
United States

Memorial Mass

Saturday

8

Feb

10:00 AM 2/8/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Victor R.C. Church

527 Bairdford Road
Bairdford, PA 15006

St. Victor R.C. Church
527 Bairdford Road Bairdford 15006 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund

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