Thomas “Tom” Michael Dinkel, also known as Papa, 72 of North Salem, Indiana, surrounded by his loved ones, peacefully passed away and went to our Lord November 22, 2021.
Tom was born July 30, 1949 in Indianapolis, Indiana to George and Marian (Zurschmeid) Dinkel. He grew up with four brothers and attended and graduated from Cardinal Ritter High School, Class of 1968. He was a passionate and talented carpenter and worked as a Maintenance Supervisor at Bank One in Indianapolis, Indiana. His hobbies included collecting Indy Racing League (IRL) memorabilia, and he was a loyal fan of all forms of Open Wheel Racing. Tom spent his retirement supporting his grandchildren’s accomplishments and cherished every growing moment.
In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his brothers, James “Jamie” Lanagan and Robert “Bobby” Dinkel and his grandparents, Emil and Dorothy Zurschmeid and Homer and Anna Dinkel.
Thomas leaves behind his loving wife of almost 41 years, Lisa (Belledin) Dinkel; their children, Courtney (Cody) Money and Brandon Dinkel; his sons, Eric (Terry) Ladd and Aaron Ladd; his mother-in-law, Sharon (Stille) Day; his brothers, Anthony “Tony” (Janine) Dinkel, Mark Dinkel, and Andrew “Andy” Dinkel; and his nine grandchildren, Payton, Mason, Garrett, Landon, Mia, Hayden, Kara, Rylan, and Evan.
Friends and family will gather on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 2 pm until the time of the Celebration of Life Service no later than 4 pm at Your Venture Church, 7865 N. County Road 100 E. Pittsboro, Indiana 46167. All are encouraged to share thoughts, prayers, and memories with Tom’s family on his memorial page found on the funeral home’s website, www.ericmdbellfuneralhome.com .
In lieu of flowers, Tom and Lisa’s children request donations be provided to Lisa Dinkel for the unexpected loss of her husband and their father.
Donations can be made to Lisa Dinkel through either Your Venture Church or Eric M.D. Bell Funeral Home.