In Memory of



Obituary for Tom Pope

Tom J. Pope, 84, of Lewis, Iowa, died Friday, September 14, 2018, surrounded by family, at his home.

Thomas (Tom) James Pope was born the 7th of 8 children on October 30, 1933, to Lawrence D. and B. Nelle (Myers) Pope in Plains, Kansas. In 1940, the family moved from Kansas to Iowa and eventually the Lewis area. Tom attended Washington #8 school in 1945, and graduated from Lewis High School in 1953.

On May 26, 1957, Tom was united in marriage to Betty Figgins at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Two boys, Tim and Jeff were born to this union.

Tom loved the farm; for most of his life he worked for several area farmers and the Walnut Grove Research Farm. Tom also worked at the Cass County Sheriffs office as
both a deputy and sheriff for a total of 10 years. A member of the Lewis Fire Department, Tom as a volunteer fireman and also as fire chief. He was proud of the fact that his sons, Tim and Jeff, followed in his footsteps, also serving as Lewis firemen and fire chiefs. Tom was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Before health problems arose, Tom was an avid fisherman and hunter. He taught his boys to do both, taking them coon hunting when they were just 4 and 5 years old. Tom loved wood-working, making countless items over the years. Some of his projects were rocking horses, cedar chests, decorative signs and building custom kitchen cabinets.

Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Pope; his sons, Tim and wife, Koleene Pope of rural Lewis and Jeff and wife, Debbie Pope of Lewis; 3 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren, Angela (Alex) Johnson and children, Korbin and Sophie of Lewis, Samantha (special friend, Kevin Smith) Pope and children, Maddox, Easton, Ashley and Ryker of Atlantic, and Jessica Masker of Lewis; his sister, Ruth O’Brien of Newton, IA and brother, Dale Pope of Topeka, Kansas; brothers and sisters-in-law; Ed (Lois) Figgins of Atlantic, Robert (Barb) Figgins of Brayton, Arlene (Dale) Roush of Avoca, Elaine (Leo) Garside of Atlantic, Eilene Toland of Lewis, Jim (Marge) Figgins of Atlantic and Jack Figgins of Atlantic. Tom is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Elsie Pope, sisters and brothers-in-law, Rose and Oscar Johnson, Jessie and Don Watson, Marilyn Pope, Doris and Dick Rice, and Helen and Cecil McNelly and brother-in-law Eugene Figgins.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Roland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, with Pastor Ken Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Lewis.

In lieu of flowers, Tom requested memorials be made to the Lewis Fire Fighters and 1st Responders Association or Zion Lutheran Church Golden Years.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Tom’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Thomas “Tom” J. Pope
October 30, 1933 - Plains, Kansas

September 14, 2018 - Lewis, Iowa
At the age of
84 Years, 10 Months, 15 Days

Ten o'clock a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church - Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Ken Davidson & Pastor Leon Hodges

Eddie Jensen

Karen Bentsen

“Amazing Grace”
“In the Garden”
by Samantha Pope

“Lift High the Cross” by the Congregation #837

“Grandpa Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days” recorded by the Judds

Gary Weichmann
Mike Marshall
John Freund
Jeff Johnson
Rick Jackson
Craig Figgins

Ray Butts
Larry Pelzer
Chuck Sievers
Marvin Martins

Nona Erickson
Linda Marxen

Oakwood Cemetery - Lewis, Iowa

The family appreciates your care and invites you to join them for lunch
at the Lewis Community Building, following services at the cemetery.