Thomas Edgell

Thomas Edgell

August 22, 1946 June 29, 2020

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Obituary for Thomas L. "Thom" Edgell

Thomas L. Edgell, 73

EAST LIVERPOOL – Thomas L. Edgell, of East Liverpool, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center. He was 73.

Born in East Liverpool, August 22, 1946, he was a son of the late Paul E. and Betty Barrett Edgell. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1964 and continued his education at Kent State University East Liverpool Campus. He then earned a degree from Steubenville Franciscan University.

Thom began his career in law enforcement with the Alliance Police Department and the East Liverpool Police Department. In 1978, his time with the East Liverpool Department ended early due to an injury he suffered while entering a burning home to rescue a young child. Thom was later awarded the Carnegie Medal for heroism for this selfless act. He also worked as a special investigator for Kapp Law Office and Amato Law Office. He worked as a bailiff for the Southwest Court in Columbiana County and was the Deputy Director of the Board of Elections for the county. He also taught school at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, Southern Local School and Kent State. In 2012, Thom became the Village Administrator for Wellsville until his retirement. He also owned and operated Thomas Edgell and Associates Investigations and Security.

In 1995, Thom received the Lifetime Achievement Award from East Liverpool’s Kent State Campus and was inducted into the Wall of Fame. A community minded person, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish and the Knights of Columbus. Above all things in life, Thom loved his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and was his grandchildren’s biggest fan at the rodeo, always offering to support them any way he could.

He is survived by his wife LouAnne Edgell, at home. The couple married July 21, 1995. There are two daughters: Paula Edgell Dahmer and her husband, Eric, of Minnesota, and Carrie Blissenbach and her husband, Karl, of Gavers, Ohio as well as five grandchildren: Addison, Loren, Emilie, Karlie and Gabriel.

In addition, there are two sisters: Vicki Lynn Chiaverini, and her companion, David Kaichen, of Orlando, Florida, and Joanne P. Reynolds, and her husband, Howard, of East Liverpool. He also leaves many nieces and nephews, as well as loads of friends – Thom never met a stranger.

Private family services will be conducted at the Dawson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.

To view the service online, go to the following link at 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 1:

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    Riverview Cemetery
    2026 St. Clair Avenue
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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To view the service online, go to the following link at 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 1

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The Wells Family, Luke, Marilyn, Sophie, Marie and and Ashlyn DeVore Field sent flowers to the family of Thomas L. "Thom" Edgell.
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The Wells Family, Luke, Marilyn, Sophie, Marie and and Ashlyn DeVore Field sent flowers to the family of Thomas L. "Thom" Edgell.
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Karl Blissenbach

Thank you for all the kind words, thoughts, prayers, and displays of kindness the family received during this time. Also, we want to give a special thanks to Lodge #29, and all the local departments and Officers for their tribute to honor my Father-In- Law.
Comment | Posted at 09:26pm via Condolence

Dawn Johnson

I am so sorry for the loss of a good friend Thom Edgell I remember Thom as far back as Lake Marwin when he DJ ed. He loved to dance and was always a lot of fun. I will always be grateful to him as the Administrator Of Wellsville he was The Tree Boards Best Friend in Wellsville. He did everything he could to help us and anytime we needed anything from the Village he was quick to respond, we loved him and will miss him very much, he left a mark on our heart. Dawn Johnson
Comment | Posted at 08:06am via Condolence

Bret Apple

My deepest sympathy to LouAnne and family for your loss. I enjoyed my many years with Thom as my bailiff in Southwest Area Court. Thom always said we knew how to have a good time and when to be serious and get the job done. He performed his duties with outstanding professionalism and most of all I was proud to call him my friend. He will be missed by all.

Comment | Posted at 03:56pm via Condolence


Thoughts and Prayers are with the family. Rick & Michelle Hunsicker
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Kim Beitel

Karl and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Kim Beitel / BCS
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