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Thomas Alonzo Cuff


Thomas Alonzo ("Tom") Cuff, 78, of Goldendale, Washington, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles, Oregon.

Tom was born on May 25, 1940, in Aberdeen, Washington, the oldest of three sons of Nellie Rose Watson and Richard Alonzo Cuff. The Cuff family spent many of Tom's childhood years in the Firwood area northwest of Goldendale. At 17, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force. While serving as a civil engineer at Lowry Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado, he met Peggy Ann Knight at Southside Church of the Nazarene, and they were married on August 11, 1960.

After living five years in The Dalles, Tom and Peggy moved back to Goldendale in 1967, the year of the birth of their daughter, Janet Mae. Two years later, Tom and Peggy rejoiced at the birth of their son, Thomas Alan.

Tom delighted in living in the Goldendale area, which he often called "God's Country." He had close ties with the people and land here. Tom's great-grandfather homesteaded in Pleasant Valley.

For most of his life, Tom made a living selling farm equipment and real estate. For nearly 20 years, Tom also drove school bus for the Goldendale School District.

Tom was a member of Goldendale Church of the Nazarene, serving on the Church Board and doing carpentry around the church. Tom served on the Goldendale City Council.

Tom loved to engineer and to build things-ranging in size from birdhouses to the house he built on the small farm north of Goldendale, where he and Peggy raised their children. Tom also loved to garden, read westerns and U.S. history, explore family history, and take long drives out in the countryside.

At the time of his death, Tom and Peggy had been married for nearly 58 years. Tom is survived by Peggy; his two children, Janet and Tom; and three grandchildren, Wesley Cuff, Wynne Waggoner, and Ben Waggoner. Tom is also survived by his younger brother, Arnold Cuff; his cousin, Ed Cuff; and by many cherished friends and extended family.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held at Goldendale Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Fender will officiate, and Pastor Dennis Holmes, a long-time friend of the family, will give the message. Following the service, a lunch reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Tom's ashes will be interred at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where many of his ancestors are buried.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Goldendale Church of the Nazarene, 124 W. Allyn, Goldendale, Washington 98620.


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