thomas l. dusthimer
Dec. 27, 1934 - July 8, 2013
ELKHART — On Monday, July 8, 2013, Thomas L. Dusthimer, 78, of Elkhart, a dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, died unexpectedly at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1934, in Danville, Ill., to William and Elizabeth (Tarpening) Dusthimer.
On April 29, 1961, he married Lois V. Young in Delphi.
She survives, along with two daughters; Lynn (Tom) King of London, England, and Jill of Indialantic, Fla. He is also survived by one brother, Charles of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Mary Rita Voica of Lake Oswego, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Janet Dusthimer of Indianapolis; three very special grandchildren, Catherine, Thomas and Elizabeth King of London, England; his beloved cat, Muffin, and many grand-cats.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; two brothers, Joseph Dusthimer and John “Jack” Dusthimer; and his special angel and daughter, Diane.
After graduation from Indianapolis Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Tom attended Indiana University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and graduated with a B.S degree in finance and an MBA degree. IU is also where he met the love of his life, Lois. He is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Tom began his long banking career as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking with American Fletcher National Bank in Indianapolis. From there, he and his family moved to St. Louis, where he became president of a regional bank. They then relocated to Miami, where he was president of the lead bank of a large bank holding company in Coral Gables, Fla.
They moved to Elkhart in 1973. From that date until his retirement in 1992, Tom served in various executive banking positions, including president, CEO and chairman of First National Bank Elkhart; Ameritrust Indiana Corp. and Ameritrust National Bank. Ameritrust was acquired by Society Corp. and now operates as Key Bank where Tom served as a consultant and director.
In addition to an exemplary career in banking, Tom was an active civic leader in the Elkhart community. He served on the board of Dicor Corp.; Wells Cargo; Elkhart General Hospital Foundation; Decorator Industries in Miami; Marion County Sheriff’s Drill Team; Sky Medical in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and the Indiana Golf Foundation.
His past directorships include Indiana Bankers Association; United Way of Elkhart County; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Junior Achievement; WNIT Public Television; Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce; Elcona County Club; Women’s Care Center Foundation Governing Board and many others.
Among his many honors, he was named “Sagamore of the Wabash,” “Man of the Year” by the Elkhart Chapter Indiana Black Expo, the American Heart Association and Junior Achievement, received the 2005 Lewis Armstrong Award from IUSB and was a member of the Knights of Malta.
Tom was a member of St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Bristol. He was an avid golfer and was currently a member of Olde Florida, Naples, Fla.; Royal Poinciana, Naples; Adios, Fort Lauderdale; Crooked Stick, Indianapolis; and Elcona Country Club. Tom absolutely adored animals and finding homes for strays. He enjoyed IU football and basketball, ND football and the Miami Dolphins. He loved to watch old movies and could tell you what happened in every one.
Every Memorial Day weekend he, Lynn, Jill and their friends would meet in Indianapolis for the Indy 500. This year’s race was the first Indy 500 he missed in 46 years. Anyone who knew Tom, knew Tom’s trademark pants — all 400+ pairs — guaranteed to start a conversation and make you smile.
He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren playing golf and miniature golf, dying Easter eggs, eating ice cream, going to amusement parks, telling stories and showing off his crazy pants. Tom touched so many lives, was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation will be at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, 403 W. Franklin St., Elkhart, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Friends may also call Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m., one hour prior to an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 411 W. Vistula St., Bristol. A private graveside service will be at Rice Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to United Cancer Services of Elkhart, 23971 U.S. 33 E., Elkhart, IN 46517; the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 C.R. 19, Bristol, IN 46507; and John Hopkins University c/o Fund for John Hopkins Medicine, 100 N. Charles St., Ste. 436, Baltimore, MD, 21201, with a note indicating that the donation is in memory of Thomas L. Dusthimer for the Parkinson’s Research Department. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.