June 27, 1961 – Dec. 27, 2012
Enrique Tomas “Tom” Ontiveroz, 51, of Lovell, died suddenly in his sleep Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. He made his final journey home to the arms of his Lord.
He was born in Lovell June 27, 1961, to Milton Sr. and Inez Ontiveroz. In the company of his two brothers and four sisters, Tom grew up in the quiet surroundings of the beautiful Wyoming countryside. He enjoyed playing baseball, wrestling and hunting for rabbits in the hills above Lovell.
Tom graduated from Lovell High School and shortly afterwards moved to Denver, where he received an associate’s degree from the Denver Institute of Technology. He worked as an IST engineer for Storagetek in Austin, Texas, and EMC2 Technology in San Antonio for nearly 20 years – traveling throughout the United States troubleshooting for large companies.
He was a talented artist and creative builder, busying himself with home projects and making toys and games for church events. Tom was an avid fisherman; his many fishing trips took him on deep sea excursions in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. He also enjoyed fishing the lakes and streams of Texas and Wyoming with family and friends.
Tom loved cooking and creating new dishes for family and friends and catered many private and large events, including his parents’ 50th anniversary celebration in 2004. Tom, who was a “kid at heart,” was a visionary who loved making a difference in the lives of the many kids that would flock to his side.
He raised two wonderful sons, Scott and Kyle, and enjoyed spending time with his 3-year-old granddaughter Elise. One of his favorite things to do was play “grocery store” with her and talk to her on SKYPE. He was a gifted “joke-teller” and could gather a crowd whenever he was practicing his special talent.
Tom married Mary Jane Kulas Nov. 10, 2001, in San Antonio. Together, they owned and operated two retail bakeries in the San Antonio area for several years. One of the highlights of his business career came spring 2008 when he and Mary Jane provided the wedding cake for then President George W. Bush’s daughter Jenna’s wedding at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Throughout his life, the moniker that seemed to sum up his many enlightening experiences was, “The boss with all the hassles.” He wore the name proudly.
Tom had recently returned to Lovell to be a help for his parents. He wanted to live a quiet, simpler life in his hometown after living many years in the hustle and bustle of the San Antonio area. He took care of his mom and dad and loved spending time with his family and the friends with whom he’d established lasting relationships. In the short time that he had made a return to his roots, he managed to make many new friends.
Tom left this world a better place by leaving a beautiful and lasting impression with those whose lives he touched.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife Mary Jane; his two loving sons, Scott of Austin, Texas, and Kyle of Houston, Texas, and his first grandchild, Elise.
He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Alicia Gomez; and grandparents Concepcion and Severiana Ortiz and Rafael and Cecilia Ontiveroz.
Besides his parents, Tom also is survived by sisters Cecilia (Bruce) Moats of Cheyenne, Anna (Tom) Fink of Lovell, and Victoria (Brian) Welan of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brothers Milton Jr. (Liz) and Miguel, both from Laramie; plus many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Fr. Glenn Whewell will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, also in Lovell.
Interment will be at the Lovell cemetery immediately following the Mass. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family asks that, in lieu of sending flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name.
To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101