Thomas Joe Jordan


Thomas Joe Jordan passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021. He was born in 1938 in Nowata, OK to John Howard and Louise Evelyn (Weygandt) Jordan. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Johnny Ray Jordan of Tulsa, OK. Tom is survived by his wife, Susan, daughters Holly Jordan (Teresa Fralix; Asheville, NC), Christina Jordan (Wayne Schroeder; Lawrence, KS) and Jill Jordan (Steve Kidwell; Kansas City, MO), grandchildren, Benjamin Selk, Kellen Johnson (Cory Gaston), Hannah Selk, Daniel Selk (Tammy Vu), Christopher Kidwell and Saffron Gray, great grandchildren, Addyson Welch, Evelyn and Robert Johnson III, and sister Carolyn Borchardt (Dale).

Tom was raised in Coffeyville, KS where his parents ran a small grocery store, Jordan’s Market. He had a wonderful childhood with wonderful parents, family, and friends. He attended Coffeyville Community College and Ottawa University graduating in 1960 with a B.A. in Art Education. He obtained his M.A. in Art Education at Kansas University in 1974. While teaching at Lawrence High School, Tom was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.

Tom and his wife Susan (Suzi) Kay Kidwell who grew up nine blocks away, married in Coffeyville during a blizzard in 1959 (62 years). They shared a true, profound romance and raised three daughters. They built their dream house with a shop and studio in 1987 where they could enjoy nature, watch wildlife and gorgeous sunsets, spoil their grandkids, and create beautiful art.
Tom was a natural born teacher and loved teaching art to the many wonderful and talented students throughout his career. He influenced students at all levels. He loved to work with wood and related mixed materials and also enjoyed painting and sculpture. His specialties were furniture and beautiful small wood boxes. Tom collected various items, too numerous to mention. He loved to feed (no matter the weather) and watch birds and enjoyed their many wonderful pet cats and dog Sassy. Tom also loved to travel with the insistence of his good wife and found it exciting, educational, and rewarding. Paris and London were his favorites.
Tom’s sense of humor was his hallmark. He could be silly and goofy with his family and friends, making everyone laugh, brightening the room. He was a great mentor and role model, leading his daughters, grandkids, and students with a sense of strong work ethic, productivity, and creativity.


Friday 3p March 26, 2021 Family service. Limited seating due to COVID precautions. Streaming available on church Facebook

Memorial Contributions

Memorials in his honor may be made to Just Food in Lawrence, Lawrence Humane Society, or Warm Hearts of Douglas County.

1 Comment

  1. Norma Harrod on March 23, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Suzi……..Have thought about you both through the years. And want you to know, my memories of our time together are still viviid in my mind. My thanks to you both for the messages you were giving to children in our schools. And of course, the memories of working so closely with you Suzi, will always be a part of my remembrance bank. I know this is a difficult time and just wanted to share our past and let you know I am thinking of you.

    My best, Norma Harrod

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