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Obituary: Tommie Lee Janvrin, FEB. 23, 1943 — JUNE 15, 2020

Posted: Jun. 23, 2020 10:33 am Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 1:26 pm

Tommie Lee Janvrin was born Feb 23, 1943, in Hannibal, Missouri, to Leo and Evelyn Janvrin (later Lockhart).

He passed away at home in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, with his loving lady Winni and oldest son Gale caring for him during a long fight with cancer.

Tommie was a proud Union carpenter, as well as former Carpenters Union business agent in Kissimee, Florida. He built many projects all across the US including the Clarence Cannon Dam. He was one of the original carpenters building Disney World, Florida; and a traveling superintendent for Russell Construction of Conroe, Texas, building a multitude of Target Stores and other retail stores all across the USA.

Tommie is survived by his sister, Linda Jean Dreesen of Papillion, Nebraska; loving companion Winni Flynn of E. Berlin, Pennsylvania; three sons, Gale Lee, Lynn Curtis and Vic Edward, all of Broomfield, Colorado; and nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

He was a talented artist, had a great eye for antiques and collected Railroad china, lanterns and anything CB & Q of interest to him. He was an avid antique Studebaker owner/driver. A talented builder of many prizewinning custom Harley motorcycles, he had a scooter shop in Ames, Iowa. Over the years he participated in many Rendezvous events, recreating many forms of Native American arts and crafts.

Tommie was a member and past president of Eagles Aerie 3940 of Broomfield, Colorado, helping them build two new clubs there.

Tommie lived his life to the fullest, without compromise and was one of the kindest, gentlest, decent human beings imaginable, inspired many and will be very greatly missed and forever loved. Very low key and blessed with a wry subtle wit, he truly is a legend in his own time.

A private memorial service will be held June 28, 2020, at Tommie and Winni's home in E. Berlin, Pennsylvania. There is also notice on the PA Cremation Society Website and a Facebook Memorial page.

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