Thomas E. Spackman

Thomas E. Spackman

100, of Monticello, died at 5:00 a.m. Monday , November 11, 2013 at White Oak Health Campus. He was the son of Earl W. Spackman who founded Ideal Beach in 1926. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan and the family later moved to Indianapolis where Tom graduated from Shortridge High School. He was a life time member of Indiana University Emeritus Club earning a B.S. degree in Business in 1937. He became CEO in 1945 and later changed the name from Ideal Beach to Indiana Beach "Riviera of the Midwest" in 1952. Mr. Spackman was a member of Monticello Christian Church, Chamber of Commerce, and served on the first White County Hospital Foundation.

His wife Helen F. Spackman, co-owner preceded him in death in 1993.

Also surviving are two sons, Thomas E. Spackman (Dr. Carol Bridges, MD) of Newbury Park, California, James W. (Patty) Spackman of Cornville, Arizonia, three daughters, Joy A. Boomershine (Richard) Bailey, Ruth C. (James) Davis, and Cathy J.(Steven) Juntgen of Monticello; fourteen grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Tom Spackman, as Chief Executive Officer of Indiana Beach Amusement and Camp Resort, worked to significantly improve the industry's status and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally. Indiana Beach Amusement and Camp Resort originally opened nearly 86 years ago in its current location as a swimming and boating area. In 2008 when sold it had 28 adult rides, nine children's rides, a fun house, shops, miniature golf, a water park, swimming, restaurants and resort accommodations. It was known throughout the Midwest as a place where families go to enjoy good clean family fun. In a resolution in 2004, the State of Indiana recognized Mr. Spackman's contributions to the state acknowledging among other things that "Largely due to the efforts of Tom Spackman, Sr. the world knows that 'There's more than corn in Indiana." He was a true entrepreneur extraordinaire.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home , 202 S. Illinois Street, Monticello, Indiana and also one hour prior to services at the church Friday, November 15, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Monticello Christian Church, 1002 Airport Road, Monticello, Indiana with Rev. Chris Dodson officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged to be given to the White County Community Foundation to benefit the White County Youth Chamber Fund or to the Monticello-Union Township Public Library Operating Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

You may sign the online guest book at:

Funeral Home

202 S ILLINOIS ST Monticello, IN 47960
(574) 583-5777

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 13, 2013