Thomas Tolen

October 5, 2010

Thomas L. Tolen age 80 of Frankfort passed away October 5, 2010 in Clarian Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. Born April 22, 1930 in Flora, Indiana to Everett L. “Pete” & Dott (Waltman) Tolen. He was a former member of the Frankfort Moose and Eagles Lodges. He was active several years in the Frankfort and Flora Motorcycle Clubs. He worked as a self employed machinist for many years, then retired from Culver Machine in Frankfort in the 1980s. He built and ran an Elephant Ear Trailer for many years. He also made the clock in front of Ellis Jewelry in Frankfort. He married Gretchen Ferguson on August 15, 1954 in Kokomo and she survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters: Tomalyn Tolen, and Betty Ruch (Jay) both of Frankfort, 2 grandchildren: Samantha & Joseph, a special canine companion, Trouble #3, 3 sisters: Betty L. Benko of Greentown, Mary Stephens of Brownsburg, and Lou O’Reilly of Delphi. He was preceded in death by a brother Joe Tolen. Friends may call 5-8 PM Thursday October 7, 2010 at Archer-Weston Funeral Home, a Private Family committal service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Clinton County Humane Society or Clarian Hospice.


8 Condolences for “Thomas Tolen”

  1. Randy Lawson

    I will truly miss Tom – what a wonderful guy. Tom leaves behind a family who love him more than anyone could ever know – Candi, Nicki and Randy (The Lawsons) all share our thoughts and prayers at this time. God bless you all.

  2. Russ Kaspar

    I think of Tom often when I fly my plane….he (and Jim) did a masterful job on the custom parts. Tom had the gift and talent for taking something….rough and cheap…and turning it into a treasure. Old timers who know about planes look at what Tom did…and are almost confused with the custom work…they know those parts are not available anymore. Tom was a treasure. Thanks Russ Kaspar

  3. Lynette Meeks Arroyo

    I write this with a heavy heart. I want to express to your family my most heartfelt sympathy. Tom was a fine man, and one of many facets. He could make just about anything. He had a wonderful loving, and caring family, and I’m sure he’ll be watching over each of you. May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. You’ll all be in my prayers. May God watch over you and keep you safe. Lynette

  4. Buffy Smith

    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Buffy Smith and Family

  5. Carmen Hood

    My heart is saddened. Please accept my prayers and thoughts as this family travels through this sad journey. Tom and my mom, Doris Gascho grew up together in Flora and Tom helped us with the concession trailer. May God hold each of you tight in the next few months. Carmen Ewing-Hood

  6. Burman Family

    Sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with the family. Sorry we can’t make it to the showing or the funeral, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Randy and Cindi Burman Karen Burman Widner

  7. Pat Brumbarger

    Iam very sad to hear the news of Tom passing. He was one special man. which I enjoyed knowing for several years. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family which I have known as long. Tom had so much to offer to friends, family, and the community, He will be missed. Rest in peace Tom.

  8. Mike and Cheryl Bennett

    Tomlen – we were so sorry to hear about your Dad – wish we could have been there for you. Thinking of you now.

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