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Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

201 25Th Ave North, Nashville, TN

OBITUARY

Thomas (T. J.) James Luschen

September 9, 1967May 2, 2019

Thomas James (T. J.) Luschen, 51 of Nashville, Tennessee passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 2, 2019. He was born in Houston, Texas. He was the beloved husband of Michelle and Dad of Campbell (17), Thomas (15) and Mark (13). He is survived by his parents, Hank and Jane Luschen of Nashville, Tennessee, sister Janet (Adam) Schneider of Austin, Texas, sister Michelle (Terry) Gibson of Bella Vista, Arkansas, brother David (Julie) Luschen of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and multiple nieces and nephews.

T. J. was a graduate of Humble High School. He earned an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University. After Michelle and T.J. started a family, he became a stay-at-home Dad. He regularly tutored English as a second language, was active in the refugee community and was an avid volunteer in his sons’ school. He was a regular at his sons’ extracurricular events. His passions were surfing and playing his Ukulele.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2pm at Village Chapel, 2021 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. The service will begin at 4pm immediately following visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adult Literacy Council, University School of Nashville, or Tennessee Immigrants & Refugees Rights Coalition (TIRRC).

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Memories

Thomas (T. J.) James Luschen

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Fred Rudolph

May 6, 2019

I met TJ at the USN River Campus, watching our sons practice middle school soccer. He always seemed like such a joyful, peaceful guy, riding his skateboard around the parking lot. I am so sorry for your loss and can only imagine what a difficult time this is for the Luschen family. All of us in the Rudolph and USN families are grieving with you.

Jim Haw

May 4, 2019

TJ was by all rights my first friend of my adult life. We started at IP within 6 months of each other. I was the only electrical engineer in my department at the time - I remember being happy and relieved that finally there was someone I collaborate with to figure things out that I didn’t quite yet understand.

We became fast friends - our personalities seemed to “click” - probably since our dry senses of humor were so aligned. We worked so well together - and the day TJ quit to move to California and attend Stanford, I quit to move to Houston - there was no point in staying.

I rarely saw TJ after that. We connected a few times in person, and kept in touch sparsely over the years. I always looked forward to my Christmas letter - it brought me up to speed and made me feel like I was included - still a part of his life.

I was very sad to learn today that he passed. I lost another very dear friend to me here in Houston last week. My mother always said “it comes in threes”. I shutter to think who I could lose next. There are only a few people I admire more than TJ. I love him dearly and hope to see him again when we all make that journey home. I suspect he will be waiting their with a good joke for me.

Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Jimmy

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY