OTTAWA — Thomas A. Broyles, 72, of Ottawa, and Wildwood, Florida. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at his residence at Continental Country Club in Wildwood, Florida.

He was born Dec. 22, 1942 in St. Marys to Warren and Virginia (Fischer) Broyles.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years Linda Broyles of Ottawa and Wildwood, Florida; six children, Rick Broyles of St. Marys, Greg (Tina) Broyles of St. Marys, Mark (Beth) Nolan of St. Marys, Paul “Trey” (Michelle) McKinney III of St. Marys, Stephanie (Tom) Heimann of Findlay, Lori Nave of Celina, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed (Cheryl) Broyles of St. Marys, and a sister, Deb (Dick) Mohr of DeGraff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Virginia Broyles and a sister Barbara Morris.

He was a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School (Class of 1959) and earned a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 1963.

Tom began his pharmaceutical career in 1957 at Neely’s Drug Store, a local pharmacy in downtown St. Marys. Tom and Linda moved to Ottawa in 1986 and purchased Hawkey’s Pharmacy from George and Bea Hawkey, where they worked side-by-side until they retired in 1999 and began spending the winter months in Florida.

He was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and its inter-fraternity council, Jaycee’s, Kiwanis Club and Electrical Examination Board (10 years), Northwestern Ohio Pharmacy Assoc., Ohio Pharmacy Assoc., Foxmeyer wholesaler advisory board, St. Marys Outing Club (Idlewild), Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, IOOF lodge, American Pilots’ Assoc., and the NRA.

Tom was a mentor to numerous pharmacy students during his career. His favorite pastimes included flying, fishing, golfing, woodworking, sharing a beer with his buddies at the “Bomb Shelter,” and spending quality time with his neighbors, friends and family.

Tom’s hopes were that he contributed in some small way to make the world a better place.

A Service of Honor and Remembrance is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30, at Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys.

Visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Ohio Northern University – College of Pharmacy in Ada.

Online condolences may be expressed via: www. millerfuneralhomes.net.