Thomas R. Danklef, Salem, Ohio

Stark Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services

October 3, 2020

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SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTribtues) – Thomas R. Danklef, 86, died Saturday, October 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 13, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio, a son of the late Raymond and Helen (McFall) Danklef.

Thomas was a 1951 graduate of Goshen High School. 

He was a tool and die maker at General Motors for 30 years until retirement. 

Thomas served his country in the Navy Reserves and the United States Army. 

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Salem Elks Lodge #305. 

Thomas enjoyed golfing and woodworking, where he made carvings and miniature guns. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

His wife, Bonnie (Layden) Danklef, whom he married December 27, 1957, preceded him in death August 23, 2014.

He is survived by four daughters, Marcie (Tom) Madden of Somerset, Ohio, Melinda (Ken) Schwingle of Damascus, Michele (Alan) Kornbau of Salem and Marcia (Monte) Langstraat of Granville, Ohio; two brothers, Steve (Lois) Danklef of Salem and Jack (Eldora) Danklef of Salem and seven grandchildren, Michele, Danielle, James, Mark, Thomas, Regina and Lilly.

Besides his parents and wife, Thomas was preceded in death by one brother, David Danklef.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Edwards officiating.

Friends and family will be received Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the church prior to Mass.

Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

You are able to share your respects and memories with the family with a recorded video at

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made in Thomas’s name to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 E. State Street, Salem, OH 44460.

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