Thomas Harold Elderkin, 66, of Evansville, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, at his home. He was born November 18, 1946, in Walton, NY to Maynard Gregory and Betty Grace (LaFono) Elderkin.
He worked at Deaconess Hospital where he was a painter and applied wallpaper for 17 years. He volunteered at the VA Pharmacy, was a sports fan and enjoyed western movies. He was a United States Marine and served during the Vietnam War. He received three Purple Hearts from his courageous duties. He was a member of the Racing Pigeon Club and helped start the Reitz High School feeder wrestling program. He also founded the Indiana Stinger Girls Softball League.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father; and brother-in-law, Bill Thomson.
He is survived by wife of 27 years, Tonda (Allen) Elderkin; sons, Lawrence Elderkin of New York, Tom (Crystal) Elderkin of Wadesville, IN and Greg (Nathalie) Elderkin of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Kristina Elderkin and fiancé, John Harding; grandchildren, Seth and Hailee Elderkin, Robby Thompson, Lawren, Alyssa, Hunter and Emma Elderkin; mother, Betty Elderkin; brother, Jack (Cathy) Elderkin of New York; sisters, Donna Thomson of New York and Sherry (Bill) Hobbie of New York; several nieces and nephews; and devoted dog, "Hershey."
Services will be 7:00 PM Friday, February 15, 2013, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Rev. John Hilbert. Friends may visit Friday from 4:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vanderburgh Humane Society or Vista Care Hospice. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.