Thomas L. Edgell
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.
View Thom’s memorial webpage and express condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.