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Obituary: Tom Greenlee Sr.

March 11, 1934 - March 20, 2013

Tom Greenlee Sr. lost his battle with cancer Saturday, March 30th 2013. He died peacefully in his Nevada home with his wife and soul-mate, Carol at his side. Tom was born March 11th 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Theadora and Andrew Fleming. At the age of 10, Tom was adopted by John Greenlee and soon after moved with his family to Rockford, Illinois. Tom was a dynamic, one of a kind individual. He was an accomplished pool player at a very early age, an incredible story teller of his adventures, and a dirt track racer known as “Terrible Tom”. Tom also became a very successful business man. After driving trucks for EB Davis, Almond Trucking and Atwoods, Tom partnered with Pete Hastert to run Rockford Auto Parts. Tom purchased the business from Pete in 1988 and brought his son, Tom Jr., into the fold. In 2001, Tom sold the business and he and Carol moved to the Carson Valley area . . . This was Tom’s favorite part of the country. Not truly ready to retire Tom and Carol purchased Pic-N-Save Auto Recyclers in Carson City Nevada and spent ten years building it into another successful business. Tom worked right up until the last few weeks of his life. Tom had a great work ethic all his life.

Tom was special to all who really knew him. He leaves behind a huge number of friends, co-workers, and employees that admired him for his honesty and integrity. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Theadora; sister, Joann Kemp; son, Shaun Greenlee; and his stepson, Jeremy McCallips. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sister, Lynn Layman; son, Tommy (Tammy) Greenlee Jr.; daughter, Charlotte (Jeremy) Rockwell; stepdaughter, Kylie (Kerry) Etienne and daughter-in-law, Lori Greenlee. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Tanner and Dustin Greenlee, Chris Anastase, Amanda and Travis Greenlee, Carter Rockwell and Emilie, Catherine and Christian Etienne.

Per Tom’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. He wanted to be cremated and his final resting place at Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Tom admired Danny Thomas for St. Jude’s Hospital and he had a soft spot for animals. He asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s and Dogtown Canine Rescue at P.O. Box 2978, Carson City, Nevada 89702. Tom will certainly remain in our hearts forever . . .

Arrangements are in the trusted care of Autumn Funerals & Cremations. Please visit their web site at www.autumnfuneral.com to sign the on line register book.


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The Nevada Appeal Updated Apr 4, 2013 07:08PM Published Apr 4, 2013 05:04PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.