REV. GEORGE W. TOMKO
Rev. George W. Tomko, 92, a well known local minister and Pastor of Parkview Church in Quincy, died at 5:13 p.m. Thursday (July 14, 2016) in his home.
Born September 8, 1923 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Rev. Tomko was the son of George William and Susan Czernik Tomko. He married Violet P. Dauber on May 24, 1957 in Alexandria, Virginia. She preceded him in death on July 25, 2005.
Rev. Tomko was initially accepted to Purdue and Duke for math and english but felt called into the ministry and attended Valley Forge Christian college and was one of the youngest ordained pastors in his teens. Rev Tomko was an accomplished trumpet player and orator, playing and speaking on the radio as well as traveling with his ministry across the United States. Rev Tomko has pastored in 48 of the 50 US states. He also conducted countless weddings, funerals, visitations and jail ministries across the tri-state area.
In 1963, Rev Tomko began building Parkview Church and completed construction in 1964. He was Pastor at Parkview Church for the past 52 years and served in ministry for over 77 years. His impact on the community has been profound as Rev & Mrs Tomko dedicated their lives to teaching music, school tutoring, mentoring, and ministering to anyone who needed their assistance. Throughout his life in Quincy, he performed weekly services at many of the local nursing homes even though interestingly he was much older than the residents. He simply refused to ever stop ministering as he felt such deep love for God and his community. Rev Tomko was awarded the key to the city of Quincy in honor of his community service and outreach to the entire tri-state area.
Survivors include three children, Elizabeth Jane Makuta (Ronald, Col. USMC ret.) of Virginia Beach, VA, Col. T. Shane Tomko of Sarasota, FL and Brad Tomko (Joanne) of Sunnyside. GA; eleven grandchildren, Douglas Makuta, Aleata Makuta, Rose Makuta, Damek Tomko, Nikolas Tomko, Violet Tomko, Will Tomko, Ben Tomko, Lee Tomko, John Tomko and Bradlie Tomko; a brother, Leo Tomko (Naomi) of Hilo, HI; a sister, Dorothy Nethers (Norman) of Columbus, OH; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Rev. Tomko was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet; a son, George Douglas Tomko; a brother, David Tomko; and two sisters, Ruth Chase and Betty Dawson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 in Parkview Church, 1500 South 8th Street, Quincy with Col. T. Shane Tomko USMC officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Thursday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at Parkview Church. The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to Parkview Church.