In Remembrance Of

Tom Edlin

Tom Edlin, of Platte City, MO passed away, January 29, 2024.

Thomas Vincent Edlin, 92, a lifelong resident of Platte County, Missouri passed away peacefully at his home in Platte City on January 29, 2024, surrounded by family.

Tom was born January 6, 1932, near Platte City to Walter Thomas and Lillian Lucile (Wade) Edlin. He lived in Platte City until the age of ten when his parents purchased a farm near Dearborn and relocated. He attended Dearborn High School. Tom was a member of the Camden Point Baptist Church.

In January 1952, Tom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. On April 26, 1952, Tom was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jo Ann Haggard. Their first three years of marriage was spent in California where Tom was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he was in charge of the ammunition depot. After being honorably discharged, Tom returned to Platte County where he engaged in trucking and farming until his retirement. His early interests and hobbies included playing baseball, billiards at his uncle’s establishment, the Platte City Pool Hall, and mushroom hunting for which he had a keen eye. Tom traveled to Wyoming and Colorado many times hunting elk, moose, and deer. He also enjoyed and excelled at trapshooting. In May 1979, Tom won the Missouri Singles Championship and later that year along with his son, Gary, won the Parent & Child Championship at the Grand American in Vandalia, Ohio. Tom was inducted into the Missouri Trapshooters Hall of Fame in 2022. He was a life member of the Kansas City Trapshooter’s Association. Other interests included trading cars, a good meal, playing cards, and most of all spending time with his family. In his later years, Tom spent many hours at Gary’s shop spinning and sharing stories, helping his brother, Terry, fry fish and being entertained by Buster, the resident cat. Tom was quiet and reserved but had no problem offering his opinion.

Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jo Ann, his parents, and his brother, Terry W. Edlin. 

He leaves behind daughters, Debbie Nusbaum and husband, Paul, Platte City, Missouri and Cheri Pickett and husband, Allen, Leawood, Kansas, and son, Gary Edlin and wife, Tammy, Liberty, Missouri, grandchildren, April Kolanchick (Josh), Tiffany Costello (Brad), Tara Brown (Zuri), Jessica Edlin (fiancé, Boo Murray), and Jaclyn Edlin, great-grandchildren, Madison Thornton, Garrett Thornton, Jackson Thornton, Scarlett Kolanchick, Aundrea Costello, Avery Costello, Gage Brown, and Atlas Brown, sister-in-law, Mary Ann Edlin, and many other relatives and friends. 

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Heritage Village and Traditions Hospice for all they did to bring comfort and joy to Tom and his family. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Kansas City Trapshooters Association, 6420 NE 176th Street, Smithville, MO 64089.

Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Camden Point Baptist Church with visitation from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

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  • Tammy Workman

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My parents were very fond of him and your Mom. May he rest in peace in the arms of your wonderful mom.

  • Richard Reece

    Hi Gary sorry I missed your dad’s visitation, I always enjoyed visiting with Tom when you or your sister would bring him to the park.

  • Don Hensley

    Rest in peace Tommy.condolences to the family

  • Roberta Edlin Sealing

    Debbie. so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I always thought of Tommy on his birthday because I was also born on January 6th. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • M,L, (Red) McGuire

    Tom, was a good friend & fellow trap shooter, Enjoyed visiting with Tom & Gary at the many trap shoots that we were attendance too over the years, he will be missed. Red McGuire

  • Wilma Shanks

    Have many memories of Tommy and Bobby during their transporting years, we had some good times. He will be missed.

  • Mike and Debbie Kelley

    Sorry couldn’t make the services but wanted to pass on our condolences and prayers to the family

  • Cheryl Boydston

    So sorry to read about your loss. Prayers for comfort coming to all!

  • Miles Mitchell

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with your Dad.

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