Thomas Edwin Friskney transitioned to glory on January 25, 2014, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 85. A resident of Hamersville, Ohio, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth, sons Steve (Debbie) and Paul (Ann) Friskney, daughters Elizabeth (David) Love, Esther (late C.M.) Fike, Lois (Bob) Santel, and Sara (Jason) Jones, sisters Dorothy Hake and Donna Oberlin, as well as a dozen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Tom Friskney was born in Edon, Ohio, on February 6, 1928, the fifth of seven children of Frank and Iva Mae (Sinderson) Friskney. Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by brothers Frank, Victor, and Raymond Friskney and sister Phyllis Disbro.
Immediately after graduation from high school in 1945, he enlisted in the army and served in the occupation forces in Japan. In 1948, Tom and Ruth were married, and Tom began a long association with Cincinnati Bible Seminary (now Cincinnati Christian University). As a student, he earned AB, MA, and BD degrees. Then, in 1954, he began his teaching career, which included the fields of New Testament, theology, Greek, and English. His teaching continued for more than 50 years.
Tom Friskney also dedicated himself to preaching in local churches, continuing in that role until the age of 80. His ministries included four Ohio churches: Pandora Church of Christ, Columbia Church of Christ (his home church), Hamersville Church of Christ, and Saltair Church of Christ. His longest ministry (from the mid-1950s through the late 1970s) came with the Hamersville church, and after his retirement from full-time teaching, he returned there as preaching minister in 2002.
A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at the Hamersville Church of Christ at a date yet to be determined. If desired, memorials can be sent to International Disaster Emergency Service, PO Box 379, Noblesville, IN 46061, (317) 773-4111 (www.ides.org), the Alumni Scholarship Fund at Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45204, (800) 949-4CCU (www.ccuniversity.edu), or a ministry of the donor’s choice.