Thomas Sloan MacRae, 70, passed away on Dec. 11, 2017, at Grove City Medical Center.
He was the devoted husband of Julia (Reep) MacRae and beloved father of sons Sloan and John MacRae.
A lifelong resident of Grove City, Tom was born Oct. 7, 1947, to parents Alexander and Frances MacRae.
He excelled at sports, most notably wrestling, at Grove City High School and Grove City College, where he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Tom worked at the George Junior Republic for 40 years, eventually serving as facilities manager and overseeing construction, contracting, maintenance, and operations.
Tom served his country with distinction in the Vietnam War as a platoon leader, company commander, and MACV team distract advisor. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2007 at the rank of colonel, having served as Battalion Commander of the 402nd Quartermaster Battalion, 99th ARCOM during Operation Desert Storm.
Tom golfed avidly, enjoying the competition and camaraderie at Grove City Country Club, where he played almost every day. His friends and family will remember his honesty, pragmatism, and often blunt sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Julia; son and daughter-in-law Sloan and Camille MacRae; son and daughter-in-law John and Amber MacRae; grandchildren Isabella, Emmett, Ean, and Megan; brother and sister-in-law James and Judy MacRae; and brother and sister-in-law Douglas and Susan MacRae.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Wounded Warrior Project. The family wishes to thank the staff of Grove City Medical Center for their grace and compassion.
Thomas, 70, of Grove City.
Memorial service: 12:30 p.m. May 18, 2018, with military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, Pa., 15017.
A reception celebrating Tom's life will follow the ceremony.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Published on December 17, 2017