Thomas Paul Sodano, Sr.

  • Died: July 19, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

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Thomas Paul Sodano Sr., 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 19, 2019 at North Woods Memory Care Assisted Living Facility. Born on September 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, NY, to the late Lawrence and Mabel (Perry) Sodano. He attended Trott Vocational High School and fibbed about his age to join the National Guard of New York State in 1947. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as an Electrician's Mate Third Class on the destroyer U.S.S Coates during the Korean War. After being Honorably Discharged, he attended Indiana Tech via the G.I. Bill, majoring in mathematics, later receiving a B.S. Degree in 1960. While a Tech student he met the love of his life, Sonja (Dietz) Sodano, later marrying on Feb. 1 1960. Tom's first job out of college took him and Sonja to Hartford, Connecticut where he was employed by the United States Aircraft Research Laboratories. They moved back to Fort Wayne for a brief time when Tom worked for I.T.T. Federal. His next job took him to Akron, Ohio where he worked for Goodyear Aerospace. He then returned to Fort Wayne securing employment with Magnavox Defense where he was a Systems analyst for Automated Design Processes, making significant advancements in artificial intelligence, retiring in 1989.He was a talented individual who enjoyed wood working as a hobby. One project he was very proud of was making the 14 Stations of the Cross for St. Aloysius Church, in Yoder, Indiana. He enjoyed Roman History and made three trips to Rome, two with IPFW class tours. Tom was survived by his wife of 59 years, Sonja (Dietz) Sodano; sons, Dr. Thomas (Dr. Linda) and Michael (Jackie) Sodano; grandchildren, Stephanie, Anthony, Quentin, and Vincent; great-grandchildren, Madison, McKenzie, Darian, and Darasia; great-great granddaughter, Brielle; and sister, Ellen Glassman. Proceeding him in passing are his brothers; Robert and David Sodano. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral home 8325 Covington Knolls Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 2-4pm & 6-8pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be left online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
-Dr. Bussick & Staff

Posted by Timothy Bussick    July 30, 2019

Tom and Linda, Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Your family will be in our prayers. Jerry and Whitney Moser

Posted by Whitney Moser - Huntertown, IN   July 25, 2019

Sorry for Tom's passing. He was an amazing person with many accomplishments and interests. All of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by John Hoffmann - Leo, IN - Friend   July 25, 2019

Sonja, I am very sorry for Tom's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Paul Misner - Greenfield, IN   July 22, 2019

RIP EM3 Sodano. FW&FS! We have the watch!

CTRC(SW) Bill Bigham CTT1 Marilyn Bigham
1965-1991 1974-1995

Posted by Bill and Marilyn Bigham - MARKLE, IN   July 22, 2019

Aunt Sonja, Tom, Mike, and family,
We want to express our heartfelt sympathy for the passing of your husband/dad. Uncle Tom was always a joy to be around and I have many fond memories of him from the years of visits to Ft Wayne as a kid and then at special events as an adult. We will miss him, but we'll take solace in the fact that he is now resting in peace.
Dave & Christine Stobart and family.

Posted by David Stobart - THE WOODLANDS, TX - Family   July 22, 2019

Sonja and family, my heart felt sympathies for your loss of Tom. I will remember his kindness and as well his wonderful friendship to me and my family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Anna Barile - Fort Wayne, IN   July 21, 2019

I remember your dad from long ago. What a great guy! So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mimi McAlister Wismer - IN   July 21, 2019

Wea are very sad for your loss and send our sincere condolences to you.

Posted by Vincenzina Grover - Covington, KY   July 21, 2019

God has taken you home to be in his presence.Your earthly suffering is pass and the joy of heaven is yours at last.

Posted by Jan Stobart - The Villages, FL   July 21, 2019

Sorry to hear about Tom. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by LOIS NORTHEY - Ft. Wayne,, IN   July 21, 2019

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