Tommy Lee Schlegelmilch Dec. 12, 1932 - April 18, 2014 LA PORTE - Tommy Lee Schlegelmilch, 81, of La Porte, IN, passed away at 11:15 p.m., on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital Hospice. He passed away from lymphoma (brain tumor) that was found just a month ago. He was born on December 12, 1932 in Michigan City to John W. and Ida Mae (Dodt) Schlegelmilch. Tommy was a 1951 graduate of Elston High School. After high school he worked for the Studebaker Corp. Tommy was a Korean Veteran who proudly served in the Air Force from 1953-1957 assigned to the Eglin Air Force base in Florida. After the Korean War he attended and graduated the Indiana State Police Academy in 1958 at the I.U. Bloomington Campus. He then proudly served the citizens of the State of Indiana as an Indiana State Trooper until retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Skwait American Legion, and ACME Masonic Lodge in Michigan City. Tommy was a good father and husband. He had great friendships with Gus Christ, John Fegaras, and Luis Serrano, Chuck, Sue, and Lennie, along with the waitresses and staff at Lindos and Rodini's restaurants. You could always find him every day at those restaurants, as well as at Steak-n-Shake, Lowes, Menards and Bobby Diana's. On June 18, 1966, in Michigan City, he married Esther (Katzmarek) Schlegelmilch, who survives. Also surviving are his beloved children, Erik Schlegelmilch of South Bend, and Kevin Schlegelmilch of Golden, Colorado; three grandchildren, Adam Lee and Kaitlyn Mae Schlegelmilch both of South Bend, and Ryan Michael Schlegelmilch of Golden Colorado; four brothers, John J. (June) Schlegelmilch of Michigan City, Billy Schlegelmilch of Munster, George (Trudy) Schlegelmilch of Albuquerque, NM, and Noel (Jan) Schlegelmilch of Michigan City; two sisters, Betty Noer of Alexandria, VA and Shirley Meadows of Arizona; two sisters-in-law, Margaret (Richard) Wroblewski of La Porte and Marilyn Katzmarek of Chesterton; two daughters-in-law, Laura Schlegelmilch of La Porte and Julie Schlegelmilch of Golden, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents; three sisters, Carolyn Graybill, Joan and Patricia Schlegelmilch; and one brother, Donnell Schlegelmilch. Cremation will take place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, 219-362-3100 is caring for the arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the donor's choice, St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road, Michigan City, IN 46360, or Service League, 301 E. Garfield St., Michigan City, IN 46360.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 22, 2014