Obituary for Thomas "Tom" Raymond Haapala

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Thomas "Tom" Raymond Haapala

July 8, 1946 - January 27, 2017

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

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: July 8, 1946
Died: January 27, 2017

Condolences for Thomas “Tom” Haapala

Sheryl Yeadon posted on 1/30/17

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am praying for strength and peace for the Family.


John & Carolyn Cook posted on 1/28/17

Tom was a wonderful friend. We always enjoyed sitting and talking with Tom and Brenda. We always had lots of fun when we danced together. Please know that we are holding he and his family in our prayers.


Kathy Rafferty Johnson posted on 1/31/17

It was so sad to read about Tom.


Jack Cora posted on 1/31/17



Bart Cosby posted on 1/31/17

Sad to hear of his passing. I enjoyed working with Tom during outages at Petersburg. My condolences to the family.


Phyllis Woods posted on 1/29/17

So sorry to hear about my dance buddy....he will be missed but I am sure he is in a better place and pain free....Huugggsss My friend.. Phyllis


Jim Worstell posted on 1/30/17

Tom was a truly great guy to work with at the Petersburg IPL plant. I enjoyed his friendship and the world of knowledge he shared with us about turbine repair. I extend prayers for the family that they will be comforted during these times of loss. Petersburg retiree: Jim Worstell


Eugene Maresca, CDR, USN (RET) posted on 1/31/17

It was my honor and privilege to have served with Tom in the Naval Reserve. A fine man and a real sailor.


Bob and Mary (Yocum) Swope posted on 2/1/17

Brenda, we are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Daniel Heneghan posted on 1/29/17

Expressions of Sympathy Daniel Heneghan has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.


Daniel Heneghan posted on 1/29/17

To Tom and family I have enjoyed your friendship and knowledge. Even though we hadn't talked much since retirement, we spent a lot of time together at work and play, a lot of play while at work. You worked hard and played hard. You will be missed my friend. The one and only "Pollock" Rest in piece


Nich Hall posted on 1/30/17

I was an electrician at IPL Stout plant in the 70's when I first met Tom, spent a lot of night shifts turbine overhauls with Tom, we were constantly playing practical jokes on each other. Tom was a gentle kind person who liked everyone. Condolences to the family. Nick Hall


Merian & Wanda Jones posted on 1/28/17

We are so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a joy to be around. We really enjoyed square dancing with him and Brenda.