SIDNEY — Thomas L. "Tom" Eichelberger, 81, of Sidney, passed away at 12:15 a.m., Friday, July 4, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 21, 1933, in Piqua, the son of the late Earl and Martha (Goings) Eichelberger.
On September 6, 1958, he married Phyllis Barga, who survives him along with four sons: Jeffrey Eichelberger, Michael Eichelberger, James (Tammy) Eichelberger, and David (Mindy) Eichelberger, all of Sidney; six grandchildren; Christopher (Ashley) Eichelberger, Jeffery Lee Eichelberger, Jacob Eichelberger and Faith, TJ Eichelberger, all of Sidney, Aaron Paulino of Cleveland, and Ashley Eichelberger, of Sidney; seven great-grandchildren and two sisters: Martha Rhoades and Janet Gilbert, both of Covington. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Tom began his work career for Sidney Daily News, where he worked for 17 years. Afterwards, he worked as a mill operator for the former Le Roi Dresser, and then went on to work for the former Enpo Pumps Inc. in Piqua until retirement. Throughout his working career he also operated his own photography business, "Eichelberger Photography," shooting weddings and various events in the community. He also coached and umpired little-league baseball at Custenborder for many years. Tom was a member of the Sidney Moose Lodge no. 568. He enjoyed researching genealogy, golfing and taking his 1969 Red Chevelle out for a cruise. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thomas was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church where a Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Frank Amberger officiating. There will be no public visitation at the funeral home prior to services. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave. Condolences may be expressed to the Eichelberger family at our website, www.cromesfh.com.