Thomas Lee Krishart, 64, of Black Lick, PA passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA. A faithful member of The United Methodist Church, he served from 2009-2015 as a local pastor in the Indiana District, where his wife Dawn Krishart serves as associate pastor in the Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish.
Tom was born on August 4, 1957, in DuBois, PA to Jerome and Margaret Benny Krishart and graduated from the St Mary's Area High School in 1975. During high school, he was an accomplished student and enjoyed competitive swimming. He studied nuclear engineering at Penn State before entering the Navy on January 21, 1978.
Thirteen days after their wedding both Tom and Dawn enlisted and went to Orlando, Florida for boot camp. He served for 11 years, gaining the rank of AC Chief. He served in various squadrons and on the Forrestal, Ranger, and the Nimitz carriers. During his Navy career, he attended college and studied to be an adult educator. He enjoyed teaching and repairing the electronics on his A6 Bombers.
After his discharge in 1989, the family moved back to DuBois to help run Keller Brothers Dry Cleaners. He was a Rural Postal Carrier for the Dubois post office for 30 years, retiring in 2021.
Tom had a passion for youth. He gave up many vacations to travel on mission trips and youth events. He coached soccer and umpired baseball. He helped organize Abba’s Coffee House a youth Ministry in DuBois Pa.
Later, Tom became a Licensed Local Pastor and served the Penfield, Trinity, Pleasant Valley, Falls Creek, Sykesville, and Albion United Methodist churches. His passion was to teach youth about the redeeming power of Christ. If you asked Tom what God was calling him to do, he would say to support his wife Dawn in her ministry. He gave up his position as pastor to encourage and support her call. Tom and Dawn were a true partnership in life and ministry.
Tom enjoyed traveling and camping and spending time with his family. One of his best qualities was his welcoming smile. He could light up any room he entered. He loved meeting people.
Tom and Dawn have two sons, Jonathan Krishart and his wife Amy of Blacklick, Ohio, and Matthew Krishart and his wife Jennifer of Wilkes- Barre; two grandsons, Cameron Krishart and James Krishart, and a precious great-granddaughter Kylah.
He leaves behind four brothers: Jerome Douglas Krishart and wife Marcia, Bob and wife Bridget, Terry and wife Sharon and Rick Krishart and friend Gerry; a sister, Rebecca Maletto-Cornell and husband Bill; sister-in-law Kim Pifer; brother-in-law Philp Pifer and wife Misty, and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and two nieces.
The family will receive friends at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., 25 W. Market St., Blairsville, PA 15717 on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 2-4 & 6-9 PM. A funeral service will be held in the Blairsville First United Methodist Church on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 11AM with Rev. Mark Heckman and Rev. Katrina Laude co-officiating.
VFW Post #5821 & the American Legion Post #0407 will conduct military services following the funeral service in church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015 or Hopewell United Methodist Church, PO Box 435, Black Lick, PA 15716.