Thomas “Tom” Raymond Haapala, age 70, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Friday morning, January 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 2nd class Boatswain’s Mate 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 the Indianapolis Power and Light for 30 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Brown County VFW and the Buck’s and Doe’s 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; grandchildren: Ashley Price, Melanie Rose McCash, Angela B. & Emily K. Sholders, Zara Hurst, Stacie Kammerling, Kassie Leigh Rose and Madison Nicole Haapala; great-grandchildren: Logan Hart, Aiden & Kira Price, Robin Brimberry, Theodore Sholders, and Christiana Remmy; 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 step-brother: Steven Farison.
The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3rd at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in 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 www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 10:30 am