Philip A. "Pat" Tomkinson

  • "Mr. Tomkinson will always be considered a HERO for serving..."
    - Laura Christy

Philip A. "Pat" Tomkinson PORTAGE, IN - Philip A. "Pat" Tomkinson, Age 92, of Portage, IN, passed away on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 in Valparaiso, IN. He was born in Buffalo, NY on January 20, 1926 to Philip A. and Florence (Hitzel) Tomkinson. Pat served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war he played division softball with the Regime. He played ball from 1944-1957, he started in D-division and ended up Triple A. He played with Tommy Lasorda and Willie Mays during his career, he played for many teams including; Olean Oilers, Valdosta GA, Minneapolis, Jacksonville, Rockville TN, Minneapolis MN, Ottawa Canada, Nashville, TN, Buffalo NY and he participated in Spring Training with the Giants in 1950. Pat worked for Sears Company from 1956-1964 and Bethlehem Steel from 1964-1983 when he retired. After retirement he helped coach State Park Little League and was equipment manager for Pop Warner. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame, the Raiders, Yankees and his star ball player, his great grandson, Tyler Nelson. Pat is survived by his children: Tim Tomkinson of IN, Tracy (Dave) Kenly of AZ and Kim (Rick) Ludwig of GA; step children: Robin Hood of IN, Chuck (Cheryl) Hood of IN, Rex Hood of IN, Carl (Elaine) Hood of TX and Marjorie (John) Judy of IN; brother, Wayne Tomkinson of NY; sister, Linda (Rand) Hunt of IN and sister-in-law, Helen Tomkinson of NY. He is also survived by three grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren; four great great grandchildren, 18 step great great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda M. Tomkinson in 2016 and brothers, Robert, Roy and Thomas Tomkinson. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 9, 2018 at EDMONDS & EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Swan Lake Cemetery in Michigan City, IN. Online condolences to the family may be made at


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Published in The Times on Feb. 8, 2018
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