Thomas A. Yagla

Thomas A. "Tombo" Yagla, 66, of Uniontown, formerly of Connellsville, passed away in his home on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born January 23, 1953, in Connellsville, a son of the late Frank and Vera Doppelheur Yagla. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Uniontown. Tombo proudly served with the U.S. Marines for 23 years. He participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and received the National Defense Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Throughout his military service, Tombo was never separated from his dog tags and became a part of him in civilian life until his date of death. After his retirement from the military, Tombo worked with US Civil Service and until recently was employed by Rural King in Dunbar Township. His favorite hobby was building model cars and boats. Tombo was also a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Tombo is survived by his wife Wanda of 20 years of togetherness; two sons, Frank Yagla and wife Cera of Bakersfield, Calif. and Thomas L. Yagla and wife Maija of Houston, Texas; daughters Zadell Spezak and husband Curtis of Boise, Idaho, Veronica Keiser of Boise, Metto Olivarez and Will of Bakersfield, Alicia Rudolph and husband James of Vancouver, Wash., Beverly Knott of El Paso, Texas. and Angela Casey and husband Jon of Charlotte, N.C.; 23 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Karen Yagla of Leisenring, and Helen Yagla of Connellsville.

In addition to his parents, Tombo was predeceased by two brothers, Sonny Yagla and Patrick Yagla.

Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 3, in VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 South 1st Street, West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Thomas A. "Tombo" Yagla will be held at 2 p.m. November 10, in Liberty Baptist Church, Uniontown, with Pastor Gary Coldren officiating. Full military honors will be accorded after the service by AMVETS General Marshall Post 103 in Hopwood. The family wishes to thank the hospice workers and doctors for the loving care given during Tombo's illness.

To sign the guest registry visit our website at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.