Thomas McGeath, 81

Posted on June 24, 2013

Thomas E. McGeath, 81, of Montpelier, passed away at 7:31 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
He was born on Thursday, Feb. 11, 1932, in Keystone. He married K. Joan (Sills) Reynolds on Friday, June 8, 1973, in the Montpelier First United Methodist Church.
Tom was a 1950 graduate of Chester Center School. He went on to receive his B.A. degree from Taylor University and his Master’s Degree from Ball State University. Tom was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the Blackford County School Corporation for many years, before retiring in 1995. Tom started his teaching career at Millgrove School, then went on to Jackson Elementary School and ended his career at Montpelier Middle School; during those years he taught mostly sixth grade. He was very active in school athletics, coaching basketball, track and baseball.
Tom was a former Montpelier Mayor, serving from 2000-2003. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Millard Brown American Legion Post 156, Montpelier Masonic Lodge 600F&AM, Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), Indiana Land Marks Society, President of the Montpelier Preservation Association and served on the Montpelier City Council, where he was a councilman at large.
Tom loved watching ballgames, especially IU and the Indianapolis Colts, as well as the Pacers and Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed harness racing and learning the history of Montpelier and Keystone. Tom was a member of the Montpelier First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, K. Joan McGeath; a step-son, Chris Reynolds; and grandson, Jesse Reynolds, all of Montpelier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold “Lardy” and Ina May (Riggs) McGeath.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier, on Monday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesday, June 25.
A service to celebrate Tom’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, with Pastor Keith Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Brookside Cemetery in Montpelier. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Millard Brown American Legion Post 156.
Preferred memorials: Montpelier First United Methodist Church, 215 E. Green St. Montpelier; Montpelier Historic Preservation (Old Church Museum) 306 Warren Ave. Montpelier, Indiana, 47359; or the donor’s favorite charity.                                       
Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier.
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