Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 3, 2012

Thomas E. Tharp

LAKE LEELANAU — Thomas Edward Tharp, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Munson Medical Center.

Thomas was born on May 15, 1939, in Crawfordsville, Ind., the son of Cecil and Hazel (Brown) Tharp. On Oct. 28, 1961, in Shirley, Ind., he married Winifred Tompkins, who survives.

Tom spent most of his life in Boone County, Ind., recently relocating permanently to Lake Leelanau after spending many summers here with his family.

First and foremost, Tom loved his family and truly enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He shared his love of sports with his grandchildren and took great pride in all of their endeavors.

Tom also took great pride in his house and enjoyed spending countless hours working on the yard until it was perfect. He was also an ardent Colts fan. Tom leaves behind many close friends.

In addition to his loving wife of 51 years, Tom is survived by his sons, Todd (Christy) and Tim (Kelly) Tharp; five grandsons, Drew, Cole, Jackson, Tyler and Trenton; two step granddaughters, Samantha and Shelby; sister-in-law, Sandra Tharp; nieces Cynthia and Katherine; nephews, Grant and Doug, and a cousin who was like a brother, Robert Tharp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jim.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Myers Mortuary, Lebanon, Ind. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m., also at Myers Mortuary. Burial will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Fayette, Ind.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of one's choice and/or to Boone County Senior Services, 515 Crown Pointe Dr., Lebanon, IN 46052.

Please share thoughts with Tom's family on their online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay and Myers Mortuary, Lebanon, Ind.; (765) 482-0620.

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