Thomas W. Ahlers, 56, Anderson, passed away July 13, 2005 at Community Hospital in Anderson.
He was born October 1, 1948 in Lafayette. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1966 and from Purdue University.
He was employed with Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc. as Director of Research and Development from August 1997 to present. He served as Fiscal Officer and Executive Director of the Tecumseh Area Partnership, Lafayette, IN from 1977 – 1996. Tom was a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Job Training Administrators (IJTA) and served as President from 1994 – 1996.
Tom was a member of the National Speleological Society and worked at Mammoth Cave, exploring new sections in the early 1970’s. He was an avid spelunker, rock climber and fisherman. He was a US Navy Veteran, serving in Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife, Connie (Buck) Markwell Ahlers of Anderson, whom he married July 2, 1998; stepchildren, Amy (husband, Darryl) Layton and Aaron (wife, Juli) Markwell; step-grandchildren, Shad Dixon, Corbin Smith, Tory Markwell, Zane Layton and Cydnie Layton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Buck of Anderson; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Mary Buck, Robert and Rita Buck and Steve and Joyce Buck, all of Anderson and Don and Barb Buck of Indianapolis; and several step nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents, Norma and William Ahlers; and brother, Richard.
Services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home with cremation to follow.
Visitation will be 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
Online condolences: www.brownbutzdiedring.com