Thomas Dale Rottinghaus

April 8, 1949December 22, 2020

Thomas Dale Rottinghaus, age 71, passed away at his home in Columbus, Indiana on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Ann Rottinghaus, along with his children Heidi and Ben, his grandchildren, Abby, Paige, Tyler, Aidan, Eli, and Mason, his son-in-law Brian, and his daughter-in-law Erika, all of whom affectionately called him ‘Papaw’. He will also be fondly remembered by his sister Donna and brother Dan. He was preceded in death by his brother John.

Tom was born in Brookville, Indiana, and met his future wife in high school. After graduating from the School of Business at Indiana University, Tom began a career in sales. Later in his working career, he began doing construction and renovation work. In retirement, he kept himself busy with auctions and selling antiques on eBay.

Those that know Tom know that he was logical, loved music, handy with tools, and also quite feisty! He loved his family, friends, and neighbors. His family will fondly remember catching grapes in the pool, going on fishing trips, doing construction around the house, playing games (especially Bridge and other card games), watching football and volleyball, and “debating” anything and everything with him.

At Tom’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Arrangements will be made at a later date to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Tom to the National Parks Foundation, as he loved visiting parks and monuments such as Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

Please leave a condolence or special memory of Tom at: Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the Rottinghaus family.


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Paul & Susie Cuskaden

January 1, 2021

So sorry for your loss. We will miss Tom at the auctions, he always knew what things were when we did not. He always came and looked and if he wanted something he would stay but if not he would leave, but he always talked to us before leaving.

Debra Slone

December 30, 2020

Tom will be missed by everyone, but I'll miss him at auctions and especially antique shows. He was always there with something wonderful to sell. He and Ann always were a joy to bump into and visit with. His smile and joking will be greatly missed. My heart breaks for Ann and their family.

Joy Baxter

December 30, 2020

We are so sorry for your family's loss. Tom was a great person! I'm sure he will be greatly missed.

Laura Jo Tebbe

December 29, 2020

It breaks my heart for all of you at the untimely passing of Tom. We first met in first grade...I think we sat at the same table. We shared 8 years at St. Michael’s and 4 years at Brookville High School. Like the two of you Glenn and I dated in high school and are still together. I know you have wonderful memories and I hope they bring you peace.

Amy Kaiser

December 29, 2020

Angie & family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. I'll always remember his smile and fun spirit....he always had something to say! I remember he came by the first home we bought in Columbus on Flintwood Drive. We knew nothing about what to look for and Tom did a quick look over to assure we were ok!

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Ken & Amy Kaiser

Tasha Wainscott

December 28, 2020

Prayers to all of you during this time.
Mandy and Tasha
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Ryan Maddux

December 28, 2020

We will miss seeing Tom at our weekly auctions. Our heart breaks for Ann and the family. Condolences to them.

The Maddux Family

Jan Hatfield

December 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Carol Dickson

December 28, 2020

Ann, Heidi, and Ben,
I knew your husband (father) for a long time. In fact, I have known all of you for many years. Tom did a lot of work on my house quite a few years ago. He was not only talented but had a wonderful sense of humor. I was so saddened to see he had passed away. Please know all of you have been in my prayers for comfort and peace. I would have sent you a card but did not know if you still lived on Aspen Lane.
Sincerely, Carol Dickson

Steve and Cheri Wiggins

December 27, 2020

We got to know Tom decades ago when he was doing some construction work on our home. We appreciated his abilities and winning personality.
Steve has played bridge with Tom and Bill in Tri Kappa Bridge and enjoyed the fellowship with them.
Our deepest condolences. He was loved and will be missed by many.
Steve and Cheri Wiggins