Thomas Ray Lynn
June 4, 1947 – December 25, 2019
Thomas R. Lynn, 72, of Columbus passed from this life on December 25, 2019.
Mr. Lynn was born June 4, 1947 in Columbus, to Ralph A. Lynn, Jr. and Mary Margaret (Ketchum) Lynn. On January 7, 1967, he married Nancy J. (McKale) Lynn and she survives.
Mr. Lynn graduated from Columbus High School in 1965. He began his employment at Reeves Pulley and soon after went to work at Cummins. While at Cummins, he served in the Air force Reserves for six years. He also worked at Arnett Insurance and retired from Columbus East High School.
Mr. Lynn was very involved in his community, having coached Little League baseball and girl’s basketball. He was a member of the Columbus Jaycees for 15 years, during which he was involved in philanthropic causes and projects. He served as president of the Columbus chapter and also as Regional Director. He was named a member of the Indiana Jaycee Senate and recognized as a Kentucky Colonel. For over 30 years, Mr. Lynn was a member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #521 having served as Exulted Ruler and on many committees. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered as a “Blacksmith” with the Columbus East Football Team. As a blacksmith, he assisted with weight training and videography for eight years.
Mr. Lynn was a member of St. Bartholomew Church. There he participated in several ministries including RCIA food and hospitality, light luncheon, Confirmation formation, funeral ministry, and the Sun Run.
Mr. Lynn was a man of hospitality, frequently opening his home to family and friends. While sharing meals with those he loved, he enjoyed telling a good story and listening to others’ stories. He had a big heart.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Adam Lynn and wife Tara of Leesville, LA, daughter Megan Dettle and husband Chris of Cape Carteret, NC, grandchildren Zachary Bruckbauer, Marcus Lynn, Kyle Lynn, Eliana Dettle, Loryn Bailey, Lily Dettle, Violet Dettle; sister-in-law Ruth Lynn, sister Linda Moore, brother Ron Lynn and wife Nikki; sister-in-law Mary King and companion Hugh Allen, Pat Walker and husband Mike, sister-in-law Barbara Mangan and husband Larry, Katie Bush and husband Scott, and brother-in-law Bill McKale and wife Pat.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ken and Mary McKale, brothers Rodger and Doug Lynn, brothers-in-law Doug Moore and Frank King.
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th Street, Columbus, IN. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th Street, Columbus, IN with visitation one hour prior to mass. Interment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery following mass.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Bartholomew Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
- Nancy Lynn, Wife
- Adam Lynn (Tara), Son
- Megan Dettle (Chris), Daughter
- Zachary Bruckbauer, Grandchild
- Marcus Lynn, Grandchild
- Kyle Lynn, Grandchild
- Eliana Dettle, Grandchild
- Loryn Bailey, Grandchild
- Lily Dettle, Grandchild
- Violet Dettle, Grandchild
- Linda Moore, Sister
- Ron Lynn (Nikki), Brother
- Mr. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph A. and Mary Margaret Lynn; and his brothers, Rodger and Doug Lynn.
- Marcus Lynn, Pallbearer
- Kyle Lynn, Pallbearer
- Chris Dettle, Pallbearer
- Jonathan Lynn, Pallbearer
- Gavin Moore, Pallbearer
- Brandon Lynn, Pallbearer
- Benji Lynn, Pallbearer
- Tyler Lynn, Pallbearer
- Frank Anderson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Tony Patterson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Fran Warren, Honorary Pallbearer
- Max Lutes, Honorary Pallbearer
- Al Ellerbrock, Honorary Pallbearer
- Randy Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bob Gaddis, Honorary Pallbearer
- Steve Heimann, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
- Additional Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 30, 2019
Thomas Ray Lynn
December 30, 2019
Sending prayers and positive vibes to each of you during this difficult time. I have some fond memories at a few McKale reunions I attended as a child. Much Love, Brigid McKale
December 29, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to the family of Tom Lynn. We were high school classmates and spent several years traveling to Grissom Air Force Base together. Rest in peace my friend.
December 28, 2019
I worked with Tom at Columbus East High school before he retired. I would often send English assignments to him for students who were serving the day in detention. He made sure the kids got their work finished and would make sure I got the assignments back by the end of the day. Because of his discipline, most of the students were able to pass my class who otherwise were not going to make it. Tom had a kind and respectful nature, and I could get him to smile and laugh. I'm sad he is gone. My condolences to the family. ❤
December 28, 2019
Nancy and family, So sorry to hear about Toms passing.
I will always remember good times with you both at Jaycees events and friends gatherings.
Sorry I will be unable to attend services, we will be on the road to Florida for winter get away.
I know how tough this time is and am wishing the best for you all.