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Ellers Mortuary & Cremation Center

3400 S. Webster Street, Kokomo, IN

OBITUARY

William J. "Bill" Tandy Jr.

June 1, 1955September 13, 2019
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William James "Bill" Tandy Jr., of Kokomo, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. He was born to the late William J. Tandy and Ann (Avery) Mickow in Minneapolis, MN on June 1, 1955.

Bill was a renowned co-host of the Male Call radio show on WWKI 100.5 and was loved by many. He was deeply involved in the We Care charity for over 20 years, and he served on the Board of Directors of CASA of Howard County. Bill's passion for music brought him to Kokomo from Chicago in 1982, and he was a gifted organist at the Pipe Dream in downtown Kokomo during the 80's. He also performed often at the Kokomo Senior Center. Most recently, Bill was the finance manager at Sims Auto. He was a member of many associations including Mensa, American Theater Organ Society, Amateur Organ Association Inc., Fraternal Order of Police, and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge. Bill loved his family, music, classic cars, animals, classic films and television, and playing the organ.

Bill loved Kokomo and the community very much, so he adopted Kokomo as his hometown. He was one of the kindest human beings you could ever hope to meet. He will be missed dearly by his family, countless friends, and the community of Kokomo.

Bill is survived by his mother, Ann Mickow, Princeton, IL; sister, Martha (Larry) Malnor, Richmond, TX; Uncle Gary (Lois) Tandy, La Porte, TX; two stepsisters, Katherine Fullerton (Robert) Dollaske, Park Ridge, IL, and Sally Fullerton (Mark) LaBarbera, Valparaiso, IN; stepbrother, David Hartman (Susan) Fullerton, Elmhurst, IL; stepsister-in-law Mary Mickow, Princeton, IL, former spouse and dear friend, Chris Tandy, Kokomo; friend and #1 fan Margie Bowyer, Kokomo; and ten nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William J. Tandy; his stepmother, Lois (Miller) Tandy, his stepfather Ralph Mickow: and his stepbrother, Jay Mickow.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Bill on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M at Ellers Mortuary Webster Chapel, 3400 South Webster Street, Kokomo., with Jill Jeffries as the celebrant. There will be a time of visitation on Sunday from 12:00 P.M. until the time of the celebration and memory sharing at 2:00 P.M., also at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to We Care or Kokomo Humane Society, and envelopes will be provided.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Shirley Johnson

October 5, 2019

He always made me laugh when he was on Male Call. Wat a wonderful thing to do with your life! Miss u Bill!

Walt Strony

October 5, 2019

I met Bill in the mid 70s through my "second mother" Ione Tedei, a delightful lady that loved the organ, and lived to promote the organ and younger organists. Both Bill and I went on to have successful careers playing the organ in distant parts of the country -- Bill in Indiana, and me in Phoenix, AZ. We re-acquainted many years later when we both joined Facebook. Very recently, he acquired my own previous custom built Allen organ, which I know he enjoyed greatly. We communicated lots during this period, and he was always an interesting guy for a fun chat. My heart goes out to his family - both blood and extended - he will be missed greatly. I wish I could be at his memorial service on Sunday, but distance won't allow it. Peace to all!

Tim Shultz

October 2, 2019

Just learned of Bill’s passing this evening. I think Bill was one of those people who they say never met a stranger. We met a few times at Sim’s auto and around town on occasion and it was always a pleasure! A unique individual, he’ll be missed.

W Bruce Brieschke

September 22, 2019

I had the honor of working with Bill Tandy at Sally's Stage in Lombard and Chicago as one of the organists. It was Bill who helped me prepare my album, "The Barton Theatre Pipe Organ" for
sale at the Lombard location. It was Bill who prepared the organ so
I could record the album. Bill was a unique musician that taught me
so many interesting facts about Theatre Organ Music. So many
musical stories I had never learned in my formal B.A. and Master's
Degree in Music and Music Education. He was a good friend. Thank you, Bill. I will miss you. May you rest in peace.
W. Bruce Brieschke

Gary Tandy

September 22, 2019

Going to miss my nephew that was also a great friend and would talk with me about everything and anything with a passion for pealing back the layers of any subject.
One of my fondest memories was being interviewed on the radio a few time's, I would call from work and listen on my computer. I could remind him of times that would involve something that his grandfather would have done, usually very funny and laughable.
Really going to Miss calling him at work, if only for only a few minutes.
One of the best men that I have ever known and felt privileged to be his uncle.

Cindy & Roger Kaschmitter

September 21, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bill. We met Bill when we became associate members of the Fraternal Order of Police. We were surprised to find out that he had at once lived in St. Louis, which was our old hometown. We reminisced of places that we had visited there. Bill was so full of life, wonderful wit and such a kind person. We enjoyed the many conversations we had with him, many which involved music and he was such a great storyteller. Bill will be greatly missed but forever remembered. Godspeed

Josephine Beeler

September 21, 2019

Bill was indeed the kindest and most talented person I ever had the good fortune to know. He helped me so much when I presented music weekends in Indianapolis years ago - some friends and I sometimes went to dances where he provided the music. What a sense of humor -and I never heard an unkind word from him. A great loss for all who knew him and enjoyed his friendship. Gone too soon. May he rest in peace.

Dave Trine

September 21, 2019

So much can be said about Bill. We spent many evenings riding around on golf carts, laughing with and at people. He was genuine with a very unique sense of humor. Bill had a way of bringing the best out of people, they never knew they had in themselves. He was a dear friend and will be missed by many. Kokomo is a better place because of him. Thank you Bill.

Scott Robinson

September 20, 2019

Knew Bill For Many Yrs Great Guy And Friend To Know And Talk To Him WhenEver I'd Run Into Him Or See Him He Will Be Sadly Missed And My Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Whole Family He May Be Gone But His Memories And Work Live On Untill We Meet Again Bill May Your Spirit Fly High

Don Springer

September 20, 2019

I first met Bill over 40 years ago, and we were close friends ever since. I met him at the Hinsdale Theatre where he would sometimes play intermissions on the Hinsdale pipe organ which was owned and installed by one of Bill's and my great friends Jim Glass. Bill also performed for a number of concerts at Hinsdale. I arranged for Bill to play weekly at Sally's Stage in Chicago, and he became a key member of the staff. He became a full time staff organist when the Lombard location opened. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and really connected and entertained audiences, with his banter as well as his great music. Eventually Bill took the job as staff organist for a pipe organ restaurant in Kokomo, while I was playing for Cardinal Music Palace in Fort Wayne. Those were great days where we had a chance to visit with each other, as well as to play two very fine Wurlitzer Pipe Organs. Bill was a great friend and really enriched my life over the last 40 years. His accomplishments are too numerous to count, including hosting a daily radio program for several years. The world will not be the same without him! Bill, we miss you so very much!

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