Thomas Jean McCarty, 79, of Libby, described by his family as "the handsomest man in town," died on May 15, 2005, surrounded by peace and love.
He is survived by Dorothy McCarty, his wife of 36 years, brother John McCarty, sister Margaret Kerry Willcox, brother Patrick Bowers and brother Wyn (Mike) Selwyn.
Tom spent his life lovingly guiding his children Leslie Elgin, Dena McCarty-Garcia, Mark Elgin, Cathy Adkins, Ruby Weinman, Greg Elgin and Tammy McCarty.
He was also blessed with 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Tom had many interests. He loved fishing, not necessarily catching, golfing, camping and carving.
His greatest labor of love was writing and sharing inspirational verses.
Much of his life was spent in service to his community. As a Boy Scout leader he assisted 26 Eagle Scouts to attain their goals.
He was deeply involved in Masons, Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion.
A World War II veteran, Tom served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater.
After completing a cursillo in 1982, Tom continued to follow a spiritual and Christian path, using this force in his life to counsel those with drug and alcohol addiction.
Sharing his life experiences with those in need enriched his life and the lives of others.
His family will miss his stories although they know he is enjoying riding his five-gaited horse Lightning once more.
"Do not mourn his death, but help us celebrate his life," they ask.
A celebration of life ceremony will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the United Methodist Church.
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.