MILLSAP — Thomas Stuart Tofell, 66, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, after a brief illness.
Tom was born Jan. 6, 1946 in Malin, Ore. to Emil and Mildred Tofell. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jan, of Millsap; his daughter, Lisa of Weatherford; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Kathy of Roseburg, Oregon and brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Meralee Tofell, of Klamath Falls, Oregon; numerous nieces, nephews and an abundance of friends, as Tom never met a stranger.
Tom was nationally known through his long associations with famous horsemen, Leon Harrel, Dan Lufkin and the Oxbow Ranch, Congressman, Tom Loeffler and Ernest Cannon. He also was very proud to have been involved with these great World Champion Cutting Horses — Docs Playmate, Doc N Missy, Jae Bar Fletch and Bet Hesa Cat. He and Jan owned and operated a cutting and race horse business at their ranch in Millsap. Additionally, he was a racing Quarter Horse partner and long time associate of Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock auction company.
Pallbearers will be Vin Betenbough, Todd Bimat, Mike Haack, Eddie Howard, Joe Landers, Bruce Lusk, Dennis Moreland, Chris Ray, DVM, Bart Tofell and Jim Ware. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Cannon, Leon Harrel, Dewayne Gilbreath, Gary Halousek, Neal Halousek, Wayne Hodges, Gordon Johnson, Gary Kennell, Dan Lufkin, Bob Lewis, DVM, Bobby Nelson, Gayle Trotter, DVM and Sam Wilson.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Avenue, Weatherford.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in the South Texas Room in the Amon Carter Building of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth. The service will be officiated by Joe Howard Williamson and Dr. Jim Sanders.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom’s honor to the National Youth Cutting Horse Association Scholarship Fund, c/o NCHA, 260 Bailey Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
White’s Funeral Home
130 Houston Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086