Thomas Lee Notestine


Thomas Lee Notestine, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at his residence.

Thomas was born in Detroit on Nov. 10, 1926, a son of the late Cecil “Zeke” and Josephine Traul Notestine.

On June 10, 1951, he married Joan Hurst and she preceded him in death Nov. 28, 1997. He married Caroline Holmes on April 24, 1999, and she survives in Bellefontaine, along with his two daughters, Kimberly Ann (Brian) Lewis of Powell and Nan (David) Kauffman of Worthington; and five grandchildren, Erin, Tara, Meredith, Leigh and Dani.

A 1944 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Thomas owned and operated Notestine Floor Covering in Bellefontaine for many years and also served as president of Colonial Federal Savings and Loan, where he was a board member as well.

Along with six other gentlemen, he was a founding member of what is now the Mad River Mountain Ski Resort. He was an avid fisherman and fished as often as he could.

He was inducted into the Bellefontaine High School Athletic Hall of Fame for football and basketball. He also was a Free and Accepted Mason at the Bellefontaine Lodge.

The Rev. Rob Fulton and Gene Marine officiate a funeral at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial is in Huntsville Cemetery, with military honors by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of Bellefontaine, Firelands Presbyterian Church of Port Clinton, The Holland Theatre and to the Logan County Transportation Museum. 

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