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Joseph Thomas Lettelleir

86, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2013 with family members at his side. Tom, as he was known to family and friends, was born on June 12, 1927 in Bloomington to Theodore and Philomena Lettelleir. Tom then moved with his family to Shelbyville where he attended schools, graduating from Shelbyville High School Cum Laude in 1945. Following high school, he entered the U.S. Maritime Cadet School in San Mateo, California. Tom served as a third engineer on troop ships, the U.S.A.T. General John Pope and the U.S.A.T. Puebla, through 1949. After returning from his WWII service, he attended the University of Dayton and Indiana University Law School. He was employed by Meridian Mutual Insurance Co. (State Auto of Ohio) for 41 years in the claim division completing his career as a Claims Litigation Specialist. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and was the Chairman of the Arbitration Forums Committee in 1966. He enjoyed spending time with his family including his beloved cat Grady, reading and woodworking.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Barbara (Meyer) Lettelleir of Indianapolis; daughters Peggy (Doug) Horstmann of Indianapolis and Sara Lettelleir of Cambridge, Maryland; grandchildren Christine and Andrew Horstmann of Indianapolis; a brother Theodore (Joy) Lettelleir of Shelbyville; and numerous nephews and nieces. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Joseph Horstmann.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, December 2, 2013 at St. Monica's Catholic Church, 6131 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. A funeral mass will follow at Noon.

Memorial gifts may be made to Riley's Children's Foundation (, the Southside Animal Shelter (, or choice of your charity.

The family would also like to express their thanks to the staff of the Keepsake Memory Village at The Hearth of Tudor Gardens and the staff of Premier Hospice for their care and compassion.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Leppert Mortu ary & Crematory, Nora Chapel . You are invited to send a condolence to the family at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2013
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