Thomas H. Elderkin

November 18, 1946February 11, 2013
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Thomas Harold Elderkin, 66, of Evansville, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, at his home. He was born November 18, 1946, in Walton, NY to Maynard Gregory and Betty Grace (LaFono) Elderkin.

He worked at Deaconess Hospital where he was a painter and applied wallpaper for 17 years. He volunteered at the VA Pharmacy, was a sports fan and enjoyed western movies. He was a United States Marine and served during the Vietnam War. He received three Purple Hearts from his courageous duties. He was a member of the Racing Pigeon Club and helped start the Reitz High School feeder wrestling program. He also founded the Indiana Stinger Girls Softball League.

Thomas was preceded in death by his father; and brother-in-law, Bill Thomson.

He is survived by wife of 27 years, Tonda (Allen) Elderkin; sons, Lawrence Elderkin of New York, Tom (Crystal) Elderkin of Wadesville, IN and Greg (Nathalie) Elderkin of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Kristina Elderkin and fiancé, John Harding; grandchildren, Seth and Hailee Elderkin, Robby Thompson, Lawren, Alyssa, Hunter and Emma Elderkin; mother, Betty Elderkin; brother, Jack (Cathy) Elderkin of New York; sisters, Donna Thomson of New York and Sherry (Bill) Hobbie of New York; several nieces and nephews; and devoted dog, “Hershey.”

Services will be 7:00 PM Friday, February 15, 2013, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Rev. John Hilbert. Friends may visit Friday from 4:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vanderburgh Humane Society or Vista Care Hospice. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2013

Thomas H. Elderkin

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Craig Smith

February 17, 2013

Tom, Greg, Chip,

I'm sorry for your loss. I'll always carry the lessons and the work ethic your dad helped teach me when we were kids in the wrestling room.

Stan & Lisa Bright

February 15, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers our with you Tonda and the family.

Lou and Lorna Sgroi

February 14, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to Tonda and the rest of the Elderkin family. We love you all.

February 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Chris, Pam and Paige Elpers

Katy Elmer

February 14, 2013

Elderkin family,
Toby and I are very saddened to hear about Tom's passing. We are not able to make the visitation or funeral, but will be praying for your strength.

Jerry, Pam, Jordan, and Megan Redman

February 14, 2013

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brian Polk and Greg Wright

February 14, 2013

Our thoughts are with you and your family Greg.

Debbie & Dick (Allen) Osman

February 14, 2013

Tonda, so sorry to hear about Tom.Our prayers are with you and your family. From the Don & Shirley Allen faily

Brian Polk and Greg Wright

February 14, 2013

Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Nancy Butler

February 14, 2013

Tom & Greg: I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.