Thomas R. Ihnken, 84, a longtime resident of Pompton Plains, died suddenly Monday, January 22, 2018.
Born on Staten Island, he was raised there. Graduating from St. Peter's High School, he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a 2nd Class Quarter Master and the Helmsman for the Battleship NJ. Returning home, he continued his education at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, and later at Fordham University.
On September 9, 1961, he married Ann Langdon, and after starting their family on Staten Island, moved to Pompton Plains in 1964. There, they became active parishioners of Holy Spirit Church, where Thomas became a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Navaugh Council.
Tom was always very active with the sports leagues in town, and was a longtime head referee for the Pequannock PAL football league. He was also a die-hard New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.
He worked for over 33 years as a Manager for IBM, retiring in 1991. Following retirement, he and Ann enjoyed traveling the world with childhood friends from Staten Island. Throughout his life, Thomas remained close with a large network of friends from his youth.
When he had quiet time at home, Tom could be found woodworking or gardening. He was a talented painter and paperhanger, too.
Thomas was a true family man and most enjoyed his grandchildren, who fondly referred to him as "Pops" or "Pop". He is lovingly survived by his wife, Ann; his children, Thomas M. Ihnken and his wife Nancy, Gregory Ihnken and his wife Christine, Kelli Aveta and her husband Christopher, Erin Ihnken, and Kirsten Kerton and her husband Daryl; his sister, Marjorie Best; and 13 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers, James and Frederick.
Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit RC Church, Pequannock. Burial will follow at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association in Thomas' memory would be greatly appreciated by the Ihnken family.