Thomas R. Myers, 64, Emporia: July 17, 1950 – June 23, 2015

EMPORIA – Thomas R. Myers, 64, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Newman Regional Health, in Emporia. He was born July 17, 1950, in Emporia, the son of Robert Edward and Dorothea Grace (Bush) Myers.

He attended school in Osage City through junior high. He graduated from Emporia High School in 1968. He later graduated from Pittsburgh State University with a master’s degree in psychology.

He was working at the Mental Center of East Central Kansas since 1986.

Tom was very active in the Emporia community serving on city commission for 14 years and as mayor of Emporia in 1995, 2001 and 2005. He also very involved with SOS.

He married Peggy Atchison on Feb. 21, 1999, in Emporia.

Tom will be remembered by his wife, Peggy of the home; two daughters, Megan Myers-Reyes, Bentonville, Ark., and Christine Harkins, Newton; two stepdaughters, Sherrie Pica, Groesbeck, Ohio, and Cindy Johnson, Emporia; a son, Robert Myers, Bern, Kan.; three brothers, Paul Myers, Emporia, Lafe Myers, Emporia, and Bob Mitchell, Elmdale; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Doris Louise Myers, a brother, Jay Myers, and a stepdaughter, Ronnie Ann Baker.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Lebo. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pur-A-Lot Kitty Rescue and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, P.O. Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences may be expressed at

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