Thomas Steven Kelch, 80

Thomas Steven Kelch died Oct. 17, 2021 in North Manchester. Tom was born Jan. 17, 1941 in Wabash, to Myron Lloyd Kelch and his wife Margie Elizabeth Simmons Kelch.

When he was 3 years old, his parents moved to West Virginia.

Surviving are Linda, his wife of 17 years; daughter, Caitlyn Kelch and granddaughter Viola in W. Va.; son, Jonathan (Jill) Larrivee and three grandsons, New Zealand; stepson Jamie (Stephanie) Stump and step grandsons, Dylan and Blayne, all of Pierceton. Also surviving are sister-in-law Sherry Stewart, Calif.; and brothers-in-law: Chet (Sue) Stump, Warsaw; Ron (Karen) Stump, Columbia City, Tom (Carrie) Stump and Mark (Chris) Stump, all of Pierceton.

He was predeceased by his parents and daughter, Anne Curry Kelch.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Tom’s last act of kindness was as a whole body donation to Science Care. Science Care serves as a link between those who wished to donate their body to science, and medical researchers and educators.

For years a knowledgeable man’s voice was silent, because of illness. But Tom knew how to express himself in many ways.

His kind nature showed through and his sense of humor remained. In the final time of his life, he gently held his wife’s hand as he left this world to meet his Lord and Savior. He has been welcomed into his heavenly home and to a reunion with his loved ones who preceded him there. He now has his voice and a new body without sickness or pain. He will be truly missed by family and friends, but he will meet them again some day. Thank you, God, for our time with Tom.

Posted on 2021 Oct 27