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Anthony Paul Tomko

October 27, 1939 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 80)


Anthony Paul Tomko, age 80, of Hannibal, MO, passed away at 5:10 pm Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, due to an automobile accident in Hannibal.

His wife will hold a private immediate family remembrance gathering.

Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel of Hannibal, MO.

Paul was born on October 27, 1939, in Warren, OH,  the son of  Michael and Lillian (Parker) Tomko.

He was united into marriage with Janice Railey on February 20, 1977, in Yorba Linda, California, at the First Baptist Church. 

Survivors include His wife, his children, Michael Tomko (Jennifer Maria Girardi-Tomko) of Aurora, CO, Paul Roy Tomko of Long Beach, CA, Catherine Martin Tomko of Seattle, WA, Michelle Lee Tomko Nokes-McCoy (Eric Nokes-McCoy) of Palm Springs, CA, Maryanne Tomko of Hannibal, MO and John Paul Tomko of Hannibal, MO; sister, Shirley Tomko McFarland Brown; grandchildren, Michael Tomko, Jr., Ellen Tomko, Andrew Tomko, Adam Tomko, Aaron Tomko, Charlotte & Derek Tomko, and Dever James Nokes-McCoy; and nephew, Bobby.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Tomko was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael James Tomko, two brothers, Michael Tomko and Robert Tomko, and son-in-law, Norman "Lon" Kilpatrick.

Paul graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, OH, and further his education at Harvard School of Banking and the University of Washington Seattle. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

Paul worked in the banking profession and was the Founder & President of Bank of Westminster California before his retirement due to health reasons.

During his retirement, Paul enjoyed helping out at the disabled hunt at Mark Twain Lake for turkey and deer, traveling with his wife throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, and playing golf with his friends Dr. Charles and Britta Bonnett. Paul also enjoyed taking donuts and pastries to the staff at the firehouse and ambulance station off of S. 4th Street in Hannibal, as well as his friends in the community every weekend.  

When time allowed, Paul enjoyed listening to 50's music, reading up on military history, and watching movies such as The Hunt For Red October, Intolerable Cruelty, Death At a Funeral (British version), and the Hallmark movie The Love Letter being some of his favorites.  

Paul was a member of Desert Chapel (Palm Springs Foursquare Church), Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55, Lone Wolf Motorcycle Club, Good Fellows, Friends of Historic Hannibal, the Marion County Republican Central Committee, where he served as an Elector for the state and the NEMO Conservative Club.

The A. Paul Tomko Memorial Endowment for his widow, Janice, can be found at along with a tribute to his life.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Paul's memorial page at

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