Thomas H. Protiva Jr., 79, of Riverdale, Georgia, passed away on May 4, 2010 from pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Texas County, Missouri, December 8, 1930, was raised in the Missouri-Arkansas area and graduated from Cabool High School in 1948.
Tom was in the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a distinguished career with the Federal Aviation Administration, and then a position with NYMA.
Tom is survived by the love of his life, Paula (Wyatt), his wife of 58 years, and their two daughters, Nan Pratt and Jane Wurtz; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Sue Horn and Jean Sixbey; a brother, James Davis Protiva; a sister-in-law, Mary (Wyatt) Pinley; a cousin, Francie (Protiva) and Richard Stringer; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A man of great integrity, kindness, optimism and humor, he will be terribly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society are welcomed.