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Official Obituary of

Thomas Hartwell Epling

February 18, 1963 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Thomas Epling Obituary

     Thomas Hartwell Epling, 60, Nevada, MO passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at his home in Nevada. Tom was born February 18, 1963 in Kansas City, MO to Hartwell Riggs and Lilac Edith (Jill) (Holmes) Epling. He married Mary Ellen (Harry) Kutina on March 18, 2005 and she survives of the home.

     Tom grew up in Adrian, MO and attended Adrian High School where he graduated in 1981. He moved to Nevada after graduating with a Journalism Degree from CMSU in Warrensburg. Tom worked in the newspaper business at Nevada Daily Mail and the Ft. Scott Tribune. He also worked at KNEM/KNMO Radio in Nevada, and KMOE in Butler. He was currently employed with the State of MO.

     In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by his step-children, Joseph Kutina, Sheldon, Anna Fritter (Kyle), Nevada, Winter Kutina, Nevada, Will Kutina, Nevada; step-grandchildren, Pierson Dennison, Parker Dennison, Paden Dennison, Piper Fritter, Niya Talbert, Kasen Talbert, Brooklyn Kutina-Smith, Loretta Kutina, and Bellamy Kutina; three siblings, Nancy Novitski (Mike), Indiana, Sally Land (John), Illinois, and John Caster (Heather), Los Angeles; nieces and nephews, Payton Smith, Jordan Smith, Aubrey Smith, Connor Novitski, Patricia Furrell, Conrad Castor (Danielle Billman), Colleen Castor (Mark Malcomb); great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Joey and Cassidy, Mark and Leia, and Charlotte and Evelyn.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

     A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wine Journal in Adrian.

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Celebration of Life
September 17, 2023

1:00 PM
The Wine Journal
Adrian, MO xxxxx


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