December 12, 1944 - July 14, 2021
Thomas "Tom" Joe Keylon, Sr. of Alta Vista, KS, died Wednesday July 14, 2021 in Alma, KS. Tom was born on December 12, 1944 in Athens, TN to Avril Roy and Eva Beatrice Keylon. In 1964, Tom married Barbara Gentry, whom he later divorced. They had one infant son, Darren Glen, who was deceased at birth. In 1969, Tom married Jacqueline McCoy. They had three children, then later divorced. In January 2002, Tom married the love of his life, Dianne Scott. She also had three children, and together, Tom and Dianne loved all of the children as their own. After serving time in the United States Army and the Vietnam War, Tom worked for Kansas Power and Light (now Westar Energy) until retirement.
Tom was preceded in death by one infant son, Darren Glen; one brother, JR Keylon; two sisters, Bettye Burke and Karen Keylon; his parents; and one great-nephew, Rick Burke. Survivors include Tom’s wife, Dianne of the home; three sons: Thomas Joe Keylon, Jr. and his wife Peggy of Gardner, KS; John David Keylon and his wife Renee of Coffeyville, KS; Donald Charles Scott and his wife Sara of Daphne, AL; three daughters: Jennifer Roi Aguirre and her husband Pete of Alma, KS; Aliesha Ann Swallows and her husband Chris of Charleston, SC; Natasha Marie Scott of Alta Vista, KS; three brothers: Bill Frank Keylon and his wife Tolitha of Athens, TN; Bob Keylon and his wife Alberta of Athens, TN; David Keylon and his wife Joyce of Athens, TN; and Marilyn Keylon of Lenoir City, TN, the wife of his late brother JR Keylon. Tom is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Per Tom’s wishes, there will be no formal services on his behalf. The family will be gathering at the home of Dianne Keylon on Sunday, July 25, from 2pm until 5pm. Friends are welcome to stop by to give their condolences.