THOMAS MICHAEL CHASEY, 78, passed into the loving arms of his Savior Wednesday, December 11, 2019, after suffering from asbestosis/COPD for 18 years. He was born in Leon, IA, September 17, 1941, son of Thomas W. Chasey and Hollis Irene Ziegler Chasey.
After a few years in Iowa, he and his mother moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he completed his schooling. He then joined the United States Marine Corps. After his duty time was finished, he joined the San Francisco Police Department, and was awarded the Medal of Honor while there. He moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, and worked law enforcement there, too. He then worked for Boulder City, NV, Police Department, until he was hired by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where he stayed until retirement in 1998. He was a detective at the time of his retirement.
He was a true friend to many, and a wonderful parent and husband. His generous spirit shall be missed by many. When he made you his friend, it was for life, just as it should be.
He and his wife Mary moved from the Las Vegas valley to Libby, Montana in 1998, and he loved every second of living here. He liked to fish, pan for gold, use the ATV out in the woods, and loved seeing all the accompanying wildlife. Everything Montana had to offer him was welcomed and enjoyed.
He was preceded in death by his children: James, Steve, Michele, John, and his parents.
He is survived by his wife Mary and his daughter Maria (John) Gundacker, "adopted" son Bryan (Teri) Whittaker, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, his devoted brother-in-law Richard (Lea) Kendall, brother Steven Hewitt, several cousins, and his two dogs, Smiloh and Jak.
In lieu of flowers, his request was that donations be made to in his name to Libby Christian Church, Northwest Community Health Center, or Home Options Hospice, all of which are in Libby, MT.
Special thanks of gratitude to each person that helped him endure this illness.
At his request there will be no formal funeral, but a celebration of life shall be held in the spring. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
God rest this good man's soul. He shall forever be our Six O' Clock Man!
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