THOMAS ERWIN MCPHERRON
Thomas Erwin McPherron, 84, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018, in Fort Myers, Florida. Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jo Pease McPherron, 3 children, Randall (Carol) McPherron of Anchorage, Alaska, Kim (Kenny) Sailor of Argos, Indiana, and Chris McPherron of Bremen, Indiana, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Larry (Nancy) McPherron of Plymouth, Indiana, and Kathy (Mike Van Horn of Fort Myers, Florida and a brother-in-law Chester Lemler of Tippecanoe, Indiana. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Hope (Fites) McPherron and sister JoAnna Lemler.
Tom was born in Marshall County Indiana on January 25, 1934. He graduated from Tippecanoe High School and Indiana University with a Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree. After graduation from Indiana University in 1957, he entered the US Army as a 2nd Lt. and served on active duty until 1959. Then he started his career as a high school mathematics teacher and coach and continued in the US Army Reserves from 1959 until 1994. During his dual career, Tom graduated from numerous military schools including Command and General Staff, and War College. Tom retired as a full Colonel.
Tom taught and coached in Lakeville, Bourbon, Tippecanoe and Crothersville, Indiana, and completed his coaching and teaching in Bremen, Indiana, where he coached wrestling, girls track, and cross county. In his early teaching career he coached basketball and baseball.
A memorial will be held at Faith United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 13, 2019 followed by a life celebration service in the club house at the Tropicana Mobile Home Park at 3:30. A funeral service will follow on May 4, 2019 in Bremen, Indiana.