Thomas York

Thomas Andrew York Jr.

Wednesday, February 5th, 1936 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Thomas A. York, Capt. Ret. USN, 84, passed away Friday, July 10, at Walter Reed
Hospital, Gloucester, Virginia. Capt. York joined the Navy in 1960 and retired in 1990. He and his wife Lucille made their home in Kilmarnock, Virginia.
Tom York was born and attended schools in Junction City, KS, graduating in 1954. He attended Emporia State Teachers College from 1954 to 1956. Kansas State University from 1956-1960. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, and his parents Ethel (White) and Tom York. He is survived by a brother John B. York of Junction City and a brother-in-law Charles Crain of Kansas City.
Capt. York was very active in the community of Kilmarnock, participating in the Democratic central committee. He also lectured at the school in Kilmarnock .
He and his wife Lucille after retirement traveled extensively throughout the world including taking the entire Trans Siberian Railway trip from Moscow to Bejing of which Tom published the account of the trip. The trip is approximately 5000 miles and covers 8 time zones.
In his youth Captain Horatio Hornblower of literary fictional fame, was Tom's hero
and was the inspiration for Toms Navy career. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. A visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 20 at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 20th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, July 20th, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Currie Funeral Home
    116 East Church St
    Kilmarnock, VA
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  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery
    Address not given
    Arlington, Virginia 22211
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Rob Mitchell

Posted at 09:36am
I had the pleasure of being Tom's Navigator on the Ricketts. He was a demanding CO, but I learned a lot and we had a very successful cruise that included 81 continuous days at sea in the Arabian Gulf right after the American embassy was taken over in Iran. He did well as the commanding officer, and the ship did well. All the best, Tom. Rob Mitchell, Captain, USNR.

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