Nov. 5, 1935 - Sept. 6, 2012

Services will be held for Tom Martin Vining, 77, of McMinnville, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Tom was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Corvallis to George and Della (Golladay) Vining. He died Sept. 6, 2012.

In 1936 Tom moved to a small farm in Carlton. He attended Carlton grade school and graduated from Carlton Junior High then transferred to McMinnville High School. Tom sustained a blinding eye injury then quit school, after which, he joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1955. He was discharged November 1958. He lived in McMinnville for his remaining days.

Tom was a resident of the Coos Bay/North Bend are for 50 years. He worked for Weyerhaeuser and Menasha plywood and later became resident manager at Lakeside marina. Tom enjoyed family reunions, card games, shooting pool, attending auto races, cooking and dances.

He and Leah “Ginger” Fulmer married in the 1960s. She had a son, Tom and twins, Gary and Sherry Fulmer.

Tom is survived by his sister, Wilma Griffith and her family; his brother, Marvin Vining and wife, Dorine and their family; his brother, Ronald Vining and wife, Elnora and their family; his sister, Reta Wilson and her family; many nieces and nephews (all of the boys were veterans); stepchildren, Gary Fulmer, Shari Fulmer and their families including five stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Della Vining; wife, Leah “Ginger” Vining; three sisters, Pearl Manning, Vera Rambeau and Betty Horton; three brothers, Wayne Snodgrass, Quay Snodgrass and Charles Snodgrass; and stepson, Tom Fulmer.

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