Thomas Ray Hinderliter was born on November 26, 1962, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He passed away July 21, 2015, at South Big Horn County Hospital in Wyoming. In his short life of 52 years, Tom touched many people’s lives in a positive way, forever leaving his mark on the world. He was a kind, caring, loving, dependable, welcoming, hard working, and wonderful man.
Over the years he lived many places including Ohio, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Wyoming. Tom graduated from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1981. In 1984 he was married and became a proud father to his daughter Marci in 1985. Soon after, he divorced but continued to raise her on his own. He worked several jobs, mostly in food services/management. In 1987 Tom helped operate the family business in Colorado until they sold it in 1994. . He also served as a volunteer fire fighter and EMT in Colorado. In 1998 he moved with his family to Greybull, Wyo., where he helped with his parents’ motel and was employed at a local restaurant. In 2000, he went into partnership with his father operating Tom’s Cafe for almost 11 years. In 2011 the cafe was sold and Tom moved to Cheyenne where he faced many struggles, especially with his health. He had many close calls in his life and severe heart problems but always came out strong. In April of 2014, Tom collapsed at work, suffering from a heart attack and started rapid decline of his health. He was diagnosed with chronic polyneuropathy, a nerve disorder, which led to him being paralyzed.
A few weeks after, his daughter moved him back home to Basin where she could care for him as he wanted to enjoy his time with his family.
Tom had found his passion in life with helping others. He became a very active member for Lions Club International. He cared more for others than he cared about himself. He earned countless awards and made such a wonderful difference in this world. Tom helped start a program called Pennies for People that served in helping many get leader dogs, hearing aids, etc. He was also a trustee for the Colorado Lions Camp. He started the first Leo Club in the state of Wyoming and was a Chairman for the Wyoming Pin Traders Club. Tom had a heart of gold and was a joy to be around. He had a joyful personality and good sense of humor. He was a valued son, true friend, brother, and wonderful father. He made the world a better place, always lending a guiding and helping hand, comforting with his words of wisdom and compassion for life.
Survivors include his parents Charles Ray and Roberta Jane Hinderliter of Basin, Wyo; his daughter Marci Rae Hinderliter and granddaughter Starsha Rae Hinderliter-Morency of Basin, Wyo; his brother Charles Robert Hinderliter of Basin and sister Cathryn Ann Thomas of Dallas, Texas; a niece in Dallas, Texas; and a niece, two nephews and six great-nieces and great-nephews in Basin, Wyo. There will be no burial, as he wished to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations towards expenses to Tom/Marci Hinderliter at Security State Bank in Basin, WY.
RIP Tom you will be forever loved and missed. Thank you for being in our lives.