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Ray Thomas Sexton

Ray Thomas “Tom” Sexton, 67, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday,

Oct. 1, 2013.

Tom graduated from Fairmont East High School in Kettering, Ohio, in 1965. He led his school to a state championship in gymnastics, winning four gold medals including the all-around championship.

Later, he attended Oklahoma University 1965-1969 on a full athletic scholarship. He became the first-ever All-American gymnast at Oklahoma, which became the top gymnastic team in the country. Following college, Tom returned to his high school alma mater to teach and coach at Fairmont in Kettering. He led them to another state gymnastics title.

Ballroom dancing became Tom’s next passion. He owned dance studios in Las Vegas and Palm Beach, Fla. Later, he owned a taxi company in Lake Tahoe prior to semiretiring and moving to Las Vegas in 1996. Indeed, Tom held a number of jobs during his career, including teaching high school, coaching gymnastics, ballroom dance instructor, dance studio owner, taxi driver, small businessman, writer, photographer, salesman, artist and poker player, among other things. But in a sense, Tom hasn’t worked a day in his life because he always enjoyed everything he did.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Geisel, and his father, Ray Sexton Jr.

Tom is survived by his wonderful wife, Ann Sexton of Indianapolis, and her children, Rod Sowders (Wendy), Brad Sowders and Kevin Sowders (Susan); his brother and best friend, Mike Sexton, of Las Vegas; three half brothers, Jeffrey Sexton of Moscow, Russia, Rodney Sexton of Sacramento, Calif., and Lance Sexton, of Melbourne, Fla; two half sisters, Loni Minich, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Stephanie Sexton, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tom had three children, Kent Sexton, Kim Sexton (Andrew Burlile) of Dayton, Ohio, and Marilyn Sexton of Greenwood. He also is survived by four beautiful grandchildren, Olivia, Grant, Matthew and Zachary; and three stepgrandchildren, Siera, Grant and Alexa.

The family would like to give all their thanks and respect to Franciscan St. Francis Hospice and the wonderful care from Thom Horn.

Funeral services will be at

10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel, 3333 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may leave a memory message at www.shirleybrothers.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tom Sexton Memorial Fund at University of Oklahoma Foundation, 100 E. Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019.

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