KILMARNOCK—Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas A. York, 84, passed away Friday, July 10, at Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester. Capt. York joined the Navy in 1960 and retired in 1990. He and his wife Lucille made their home in Kilmarnock.
Tom York was born and attended schools in Junction City, Kan, graduating in 1954. He attended Emporia State Teachers College from 1954-1956; Kansas State University from 1956-1960.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; and his parents Ethel (White) and Tom York.
He is survived by a brother, John B. York of Junction City; and a brother-in-law, Charles Crain of Kansas City.
Capt. York was very active in the community, participating in the Democratic central committee. He also lectured at the school in Kilmarnock.
He and his wife Lucille, after retirement, traveled extensively throughout the world, including taking the entire Trans-Siberian Railway trip from Moscow to Bejing, of which Tom published the account of the trip. The trip is approximately 5000 miles and covers eight time zones.
In his youth, Captain Horatio Hornblower of literary fictional fame was Tom’s hero and was the inspiration for Tom’s Navy career.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
A visitation, to honor both Tom and “Luci” York, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.