Thomas “Tom” Raymond Haapala, 70, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Friday morning, Jan. 27, 2017, at his home in Brown County.
Tom was born July 8, 1946, in Flint, Michigan, to the late Raymond and Rosemary “Ruth” (Hoskins) Haapala. He was a 1965 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis and went on to serve as a boatswain’s mate 2nd class with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. After the war, Tom continued to serve his country with the United States Navy Reserve.
He married Brenda Lee Meadows on July 18, 1966 in Southport, Indiana; she survives after 50 loving years of marriage.
Tom was a millwright foreman with Indianapolis Power and Light for 30 years, retiring in 2001. A member of the Brown County VFW and the Bucks & Does Square Dance Club in Brown County, Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, playing cards, woodworking and cheering on the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. He loved traveling, watching the hummingbirds, feeding the squirrels and tending to his yard. He will be remembered most for his love of life, family and the outdoors.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Brenda; children, Holly Ann McCash of Brown County, Dawn (Lee Hawley) Sholders of Bedford, Thomas Charles (Katie) Haapala of Plainfield; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Judith L. (Bill) Freeman, Rosemary A. Adams, Joyce A. Denton and Harry L. Ott, all of Indianapolis, Paul E. (Jill) Ott of Rhode Island; and half-brother, Robert “Bob” Haapala of Michigan.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond D. Haapala; and stepbrother, Steven Farison.
The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.
Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery, Morgantown, with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Tom to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences may be sent to the Haapala family at meredith-clark.com. For more information, call 812-597-4670.