Thomas Maxwell Foose Jr.


Thomas Maxwell “Tom” Foose Jr., 83, of Altoona, died early Friday afternoon, May 7, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Altoona in 1938, son of the late Thomas Maxwell Foose and Mary Sue (Hopper) Foose Detrich. He wed Sheryll A. Fleck in 1964, and enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

Surviving are his wife, Sheryll; three children: daughter, Rebecca A. Fuhrman, and her husband, Michael, and their children, Austin and Zachary; son, Thomas M. Foose III, and his wife, Erin, and their son, Thomas M. Foose IV; and son, Andrew S. Foose, and his wife, Erin, and their children, Ella and Ian.

Mr. Foose was an active longtime member of Juniata United Methodist Church, where he served in many areas.

Tom was a 1955 graduate of Altoona High School, a 1959 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College and a graduate of Penn State University with a masters degree.

He was a U. S. Navy veteran, serving from 1963-66, having attended Officer Candidate School and becoming a commissioned Naval officer.

He began his career with the Altoona Area School District as a teacher at Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School. He then became an assistant principal at D.S. Keith Junior High School, followed as principal at Logan Junior High School and he then returned to, and retired in 1997 as the principal of, D.S. Keith Junior High School.

Tom was a member of the following Masonic organizations for over 50 years: Logan Lodge No. 490, Free & Accepted Masons; Mountain Commandery No. 10, Knights Templar; Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania; Jaffa Shrine, where he served as Potentate in 2001 and was a member of the Past Potentates Association. He was an active member and past president of the Jaffa Drum & Bugle Corps and served as the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association Drum & Bugle Corps president. He served for 10 years on the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Erie, where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2010. He was a member and past director in 1988 of Altoona Court No. 70, Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the Colotic Miztli No. 91, Order of Quetzalcoatl.

Tom served on the board and was a past president of the Altoona Area School District Foundation.

He was a proud and avid Penn State football fan, where he was a season ticket holder for 48 years and maintained a Penn State room in his home. He was also a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed baseball and hockey.

Tom was a member of the Park Hills Golf Club and he enjoyed playing golf whenever and wherever he could play. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and he enjoyed traveling to and spending the winter months in Florida and reading books on WWII.

A private viewing and Masonic funeral service followed by a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. A future public Celebration of Life followed by military honors will be held at Juniata United Methodist Church when current restrictions are soon lifted.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, in care of Jaffa Shrine, P.O. Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603-1984; or to Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, PA 16601; or to the Altoona Area School District Foundation, 1415 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.

Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Altoona. www.myerssomersfuneralhome.com.