Thomas Ness – A Man of Many Talents
After years of service in Chicago and Cleveland, Ness’ character came under scrutiny when his unit raided a site where homeless people congregated while also hiding serial killers. Public outrage resulted when Ness’ unit conducted this raid.
Tom leaves behind his wife Marlene of Stevens Point; daughter Lisa (Mike) Scheidler from Wausau; Grandson Evan from Wausau as well as Nieces and Nephews. Besides Rosemary he was preceded in death by infant brother Joseph.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Ness was raised in Wells, Minnesota and graduated from Wells High School. Upon completing Gustavus Adolphus College he assumed ownership of his family business – a photographic studio located in Blue Earth, MN.
Ness then went on to work as a reporter at both the Minneapolis Tribune and Chicago Tribune before joining the Treasury Department in 1927 and helping enforce Volstead Act legislation; Ness’ unit took aim at bootleggers such as Al Capone.
Ness’ tactics earned his team the moniker “The Untouchables,” leading to both a 1960’s TV series and 1987 movie with Kevin Costner starring. Following an unsuccessful political career, he returned to business by managing Guarantee Paper and Fidelity Company of Coudersport Pennsylvania; unfortunately he passed away owing millions.
Thomas Ness is an esteemed business executive and has an enviable sales track record. Throughout his tenure with various top companies like GreenRoad and Teletrac Navman, Thomas excelled at strategic sales opportunities as well as customer relationship management.
During Prohibition, he led a team of agents known as “The Untouchables,” to target Chicago mobster Al Capone and his bootlegging operations. Their success inspired a popular TV series and film featuring Kevin Costner.
Oahe worked as security director for Cleveland and implemented reforms that helped reduce traffic fatality rates significantly, becoming one of the safest large cities in America. He currently owns and operates Oahe Kennels in Menoken, North Dakota where he trains dogs professionally.
Achievement and Honors
Ness’ tenure as Cleveland’s director of public safety resulted in lower crime rates, revamped both police and fire departments, motorized patrol cars and providing all officers with two-way radios. Furthermore, Boytowns were established – six police precincts which function as self-governing recreation centers managed by their own police officer with utilities paid for by Cleveland’s Safety Department.
One of his greatest achievements was the successful takedown of Chicago gangster Al Capone. President Hoover used this success as an impetus to form a task force tasked with combatting organized crime within Chicago.
Shanda brings over two decades of experience to Thomas College Athletics as Director and Coach in NCAA Division III Athletics. Most recently she oversaw 16 varsity sports and one club team.
Thomas Ness has long been a committed member of community organizations, serving on boards for numerous charities throughout his lifetime. Currently he belongs to Illinois Press Association and Heart of Illinois United Way.
He has also served as a volunteer at Crittenton Center and on the board of Quincy’s 175th Anniversary Committee. An avid sailor himself, he loves spending time with his family.
He is an unselfish, public-spirited citizen who believes in doing things for others as much as for himself. He helped modernize the fire department while founding a police academy and welfare bureau; upgraded and reorganized police force operations while motorizing patrols with two-way radios; also helped reform and revamp city liquor control laws.
Thomas Ness was an exceptional individual possessed of many gifts who took great pleasure in helping friends, family members, and strangers alike. We will miss him dearly.
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Ness’ books include Monsters of Men and More Than This, both winning the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also written several screenplays and taught creative writing at Oxford University.
Roseau High School student Alex Anderson earned the 2008 Minnesota Mr. Hockey award. Eventually he went on to play NCAA Division I college hockey at University of Minnesota.