Thomas J. Eigel Sr.
Thomas J. Eigel, Sr., Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF passed away on July 19, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 30, 1934, the second son of seven children born to the late Dr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Eigel, Sr. Tom graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in 1952. He then graduated from St. Louis University in 1956. He completed his graduate studies at San Diego State University in 1972. Tom served 22 years in the United States Air Force, the majority of his service flying as a SAC pilot. He flew KC -97s, KC-135s and F-100s and flew O-1s as a forward air controller in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. Tom was predeceased by four of his five brothers: Dr. Edwin G. Eigel, Jr., Rev. James A. Eigel, Rev. William C. Eigel, and John R. Eigel. Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gail, and five children: Capt. Thomas J. Eigel, Jr., Kathleen R. Eigel, Victoria A. Eigel-Danielson (Timothy Danielson), Col. Andrea E. Crunkhorn (Ross Crunkhorn), and Christina K. Eigel; five grandchildren: Keely, Alanna and Mary Danielson, and Gail and Ewen Crunkhorn; his sister Katherine Furhman and brother Col. (Ret.) Robert L. Eigel; as well as a host of wonderful nieces, nephews and friends. A Rosary will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 55 N. Jefferson St., Monument, CO. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument, CO. Burial will take place Monday, July 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

Published by The Gazette on Jul. 22, 2011.
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I never knew Thomas but I knew his dad. If anything of the father passed down to him...he had to be special
Christy Thompson
July 26, 2011
Gail and all of the Eigel family: I enjoyed Tom's friendship at St. Margaret's Elementary, CBC and St. Louis U. All who knew him in those early years admired him greatly.
Richard Hirst
July 25, 2011
Gail, as a friend from CBC class of '52, I'm sorry to hear that Tom passed away. I wasn't aware of his distinguished military service. You can always be justly proud of him.
Bob Hutton
July 25, 2011
Gail&Family.We were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing.He enjoyed a rich& full life.We enjoyed his company& your hospitality when we were with you.Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Louise&Gary Fleetwood
Brisbane Australia
July 25, 2011
Gail, you and Tom have been special friends of ours for a very long time and we were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing even though to a very special place. The remerberances of Tom from our early college days will always live in my memory. God bless and we will call you soon.
George Bouckaert
July 23, 2011
Gail and family,

Our sincere condolences go out to you all. Just know that our community is lifting you up in prayer during this especially difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that Tom is at peace with our Lord and continued warmth and comfort in your dear memories. Blessings. Tom and Mary Ann Drexler, Doug and Susie Foote
Susie Foote
July 22, 2011
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