OBITUARY

Thomas Edward Benbrook

July 21, 1934November 8, 2021
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Thomas Edward “Tom” Benbrook, 87, of Indianapolis, departed this life at his home on Monday, November 8, 2021. Tom was born July 21, 1934 in New Albany, Indiana to the late James Ezekiel and Lucille Florence (Francis) Benbrook. He enjoyed his childhood in southern Indiana and was always true to his roots. Tom briefly served his country in the United States Army and then earned his degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Tom loved enriching the lives of youth as a high school science teacher and coach. He had taught in Michigan, Goshen, Indiana, Culver, Indiana, Akron, Indiana and Paoli, Indiana. He was a dedicated basketball and baseball coach. After teaching and coaching for a number of years, Tom entered in to the insurance and finance industry working mainly for Farm Bureau Insurance and Colonial Life until retiring. Tom was a kind and gentle soul who loved sports of all kinds. He was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoyed watching college basketball and football. During his lifetime he enjoyed golfing, watching and talking about sports, spending time with his family, and ‘holding court’ at The Blend Cigar Bar on 82nd street. He was very involved in leadership of the Indianapolis BGSU Alumni. Tom was happiest through making lasting memories with his loving family and friends. Tom is preceded in death by his infant son, Michael Allen Benbrook; brother, James Allen Benbrook and brother-in-law, Edward Bertrand. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Janet F. (Cooke) Benbrook; his devoted children, Kim (Randy) Hove, Tom (Sharon) Benbrook, and Gil (Scott Harris) Benbrook; grateful grandchildren, Caitlin (Alex) Varady, Anna Benbrook and Ryan (Maggie) Hove; beloved great-grandchildren, Ruby and Max Varady; dear sisters, Betty Bertrand, Bonnie Wilcox and Barbara (Don) Davisson as well as a host of old friends and grateful students. A Memorial Service for Tom will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 11th at Leppert Mortuary-Nora Chapel. Visitation will follow services until 5:00 pm Memorial contributions in Tom’s name are suggested to Bowling Green University’s Gilbert & Lottie Cooke Memorial Scholarship Fund: BGSU Foundation - 1851 North Research Drive, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 or to Heritage Hospice - 7215 E 21st St Ste A, Indianapolis, IN 46219

  • DONATIONS

  • BGSU Foundation
  • Heritage Hospice

Services

11 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Leppert Mortuaries – Nora

740 East 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

11 December

Memorial Visitation

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leppert Mortuaries – Nora

740 East 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

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Patty Parrish

November 23, 2021

Dear Janet, we are so sorry for your loss. As fellow Falcon Flames (not to mention Muir Woods Alumni!), we know some day one of us will go through what you are going through now. May the infinite number of happy memories overlay the sadness you feel right now. We're unable to attend the Dec 11 service, but please know we will be thinking about you. With Love, Patty & Dick Parrish

Marv Bittinger

November 18, 2021

I recall our many days of gab festing at the Nora YMCA. Conversations often centered on Bowling Green Sports or some other current sports topic. We also attended Pacer games, Reds games, or Purdue games when they played BGSU. We often called him the Governor of the Y because he seemed to visit with anyone, never knowing a stranger. I retain many fond memories of knowing Tom. I wish his family comfort in their grieving.

Garry Haworth

November 15, 2021

Paoli High School Class of 64 sends their sincere condolences. Mr. Benbrook was our teacher, coach, and a dear friend to our class. Truly will be be missed and always remembered.

Gretchen Cion

November 14, 2021

I’ll never forget sitting with Uncle Tom while he and Aunt Janet visited my childhood home in Dallas. He helped me with my history homework and I remember thinking I was as going to ace it, with a bonafide history teacher’s help! He gave the best bear hugs and had a spectacular laugh. You will be missed by many.

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