Thomas P. Jehl

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Mar 13, 1930 – Sep 12, 2006 (Age 76)


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Thomas Jehl, land developer and co-founder of the Lifetime Sports Academy, died Tuesday at the age of 76. From 1967 to 1997, he co-developed and owned Georgetown Square Shopping Center and Georgetown North. Other projects include Lake Forest and Georgetown Apartments. As a principal in Jehl Brothers, Tom also developed the residential communities of Lake Forest, Camelot, Kingston Park and Park State East. He was a member of the National Urban Lake Institute and once served as president of the Fort Wayne Home Builders Association. As a student-athlete, Tom grew up loving sports. He graduated from Saint Peter's, Central Catholic High School and Syracuse University. Tom was a member of Saint Jude's Church and the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation. He served on the Saint Francis Athletic Board and that of the Fort Wayne Parks Foundation. He was a benefactor of Memorial Baseball Stadium, Bishop John M. D'Arcy Football Stadium and Georgetown Little League's facility. He also was one of the owners of the Fort Wayne Fury basketball team. Passionate about the city's status as a great place to live, work and play, Tom dreamed of a way to create more opportunities for Fort Wayne's youth to enjoy playing and watching sports. The brainchild of this was the Lifetime Sports Academy. Tom has received many awards such as the Sagamore of the Wabash, Notre Dame Man of the Year, the Junior Achievement Leadership Award and the Fort Wayne Community Foundation Lending Tree Award. The Tom Jehl Footbal Complex at the University of Saint Francis was named after him. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Margaret Bougher Jehl, whom he married in Killarney, Ireland during his stint with the U.S. Air Force Security Service. During the Cold War, he was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany. Tom and Marg were married fifty-two years. Their life together was blessed by four sons, Patrick (Marianne), Stephen (Glenna), David (Gina) and Robert; and daughters, Barbara (Jeff) Collins, Maureen (Terry) Partee all of Fort Wayne. Twenty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive along with three sisters; Mary (Joseph) Doust and Sister Dolores Marie Jehl, S.S.N.D of Fort Wayne, and Elizabeth (Harvey) Stump of Nevada. He was preceded in death by five brothers; Paul (Irene), Richard (Kay), Joseph (Joan), Jerry (Jean) and Leo (Ruth). Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude Catholic Church, E. State Blvd. at Randallia Drive with calling one hour prior. Calling is also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Fort Wayne Parks for Lifetime Sports Academy or University of St. Francis for the Tom Jehl Footbal Complex.

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I enjoyed meeting Tom during the time I lived in Fort Wayne. If I remember correctly, he was an All-City football quarterback for Central Catholic HS and also studied for a time at Loras Colleg(?). I remember him as an outstanding member of the human race.