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THOMAS HENRY BERGHOFF, of Avon, Ind., died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind., from Plasma Cell Leukemia. His family was with him in the hospital during his short battle with the disease. Born Aug. 29, 1934, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Kathryn and Dr. Raymond J. Berghoff of Fort Wayne. He was an entrepreneur opening the Why Not? restaurant and Uncle Tom's Auto Parts, both of Fort Wayne. He also held sales management positions with automotive component suppliers including Maremont Mufflers and Napa Auto Parts. After retiring, he worked part time for a promotional company marketing the Indianapolis Colts in retail outlets. He attended St. Jude Catholic Grade School and Central Catholic High School, both in Fort Wayne prior to graduating from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. He served as Army Specialist 5th class before returning to Fort Wayne to marry Rhonda P. Clemens in 1959. They were married 25 years. He was a member of St. Jude Parish while in Fort Wayne until he moved to Indianapolis in 1985. He became a member of Saint Susanna Parish, in Plainfield, Ind. until he died. He enjoyed a cold long neck Budweiser, visiting sister Margaret in Kansas City, was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan holding season tickets since the inaugral season. He enjoyed attending Notre Dame football games for over 70 years and playing golf with friends, his sons and son- in-law. He had a great sense of humor and communication skills both called upon when master of ceremony for his Central Catholic reunion and the St. Jude Jubilee. He is survived by his former wife, Rhonda P. (Clemens) Berghoff: sister, Margaret Tate; his favorite brother-in-law, Michael Tate; sister, Sal (Mike) O'hara; brother, William (Mary) Berghoff; sister-in-law, Rita. Tom has five children, all married, blessing him with 16 grandchildren. His children include Air Force Col. (Ret) Thomas A. (Liana) Berghoff of Los Angeles, Calif. and their children, Taylor, Michael, Brenna, and Mathew; son, Michael R. (Kristin) Berghoff of Indianapolis and their children, Lauren, Ellyn and John Robert; son, John M. (Renee) Berghoff of Chicago, Ill. and their children, Natalie and Evan; daughter, Laura (Scott) Bless of Bloomington, Ind. and their sons, Charlie and Tate; and son, Dr. Keenan (Molly) Berghoff of Kansas City, Mo. and their children, Hannah, Grace, Luke, Max, and Jack. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Berghoff. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at St Jude Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with a vigil at 4 p.m. To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 26, 2014
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