OBITUARY

Thomas Eller

March 29, 1926January 8, 2018
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Dr. Thomas O. Eller, MD, a longtime Plano physician, died Monday, January 8, 2018.

Dr. Eller was born March 29, 1926 to Ethel and Jacob Eller in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a graduate of Clovis High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. After 42 years of service to his community, he retired from the practice of family medicine in 1996. During his years of practice, Dr. Eller was active in the Collin County Medical Society of the Texas Medical Association. He served several terms as president and as secretary treasurer of the association. He was accorded Honorary Membership in the Texas Medical Association in 1996.

He was also active in the Red River Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He served that organization several times as president and as secretary treasurer. Dr. Eller became a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1972 and became a Life Member in 1996. He was a charter member of the medical staff of Plano General Hospital (now Medical City of Plano), and served as Chief of the Medical Staff there in 1977. He served on the development committee for Rehab South Hospital. Dr. Eller proudly served in the United State Navy during World War II and later briefly served as a medical officer.

Dr. Eller was a devoted husband and father. When his children were at home, he enjoyed taking them on trips for vacation and other family activities such as swimming and hiking.

He is (survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Frank Eller, whom he met while both were students at Baylor, and by two sons, Dr. Thomas O. Eller, II and wife, Carlette, and Dr. Richard Eller and wife, Michele. He is survived by 9 grandchildren: Andrew, William, Kathleen, Jacob and Arianna Eller, William Lyons III, and Mallory, Kami, and Michael Cavenee. The family suggests that memorials may be made to The First Christian Church, 813 East 15th Street, Plano, TX

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Johnney Pendland

January 30, 2018

So many people don't like having to see a doctor, but Dr. Eller was the most pleasant, honest, comforting doctor in the world.
He delivered our first child, took good care of all our children, never sent any of us to a 'so called' specialist unless it was absolutely necessary.
He made a house call to our home, and we always had his home phone number, in case we needed him when the office was closed.
He never hesitated to say, "Come on in, we'll work you in this afternoon."
No waiting two weeks for a 15 minute appointment.
The best tribute I can give is, 'Doctor Tom Eller was a good man... period.'

Kathy Minton

January 16, 2018

It was a sad day when Dr. Eller retired and a sadder day now that he is gone. He was not just an excellent doctor but a good friend. There are very few people who rise to his level of integrity. You were loved and you will be missed.

Nina Lopez

January 15, 2018

Dr. Eller was a great and kind doctor. He tended to my family as did most of the Plano Medical did. I know my aunt (Margaret Lopez, LVN) respected him alot. May the Eller family be enfolded with peace and courage.

Richard Wiser

January 14, 2018

Dr. Eller was a kind, Christian man whom I admired. He was a complete physician coupled with strong beliefs in God.

Doug House

January 13, 2018

Dr. Eller was such a grand person. Knew him as my doctor, as a member of the church, and thru his sons. May his family have nothing but great memories and may his legacy live on.

January 12, 2018

Richard, so sorry to read about the passing of your father. I remember him when you were at PSHS. Glad to read that you and your brother followed in his footsteps. A great role model and physician. Jerry Mullins.

william fox

January 12, 2018

dr eller was the last doctor i ever knew that made house calls.he did so for me several times.

Shelby Day

January 11, 2018

Dr. Eller delivered me many years ago and I went to him throughout my entire childhood. I never minded being sick because I got to see him. Such a good man and doctor. Praying for the family.

Rhonda Nevels Reagan

January 11, 2018

Dr. Eller was our family doctor from the 1960's-1980's. Everything from house calls in the middle of the night; stitches for my mother's finger and inviting me to observe as he knew I wanted to be a nurse...I was too queasy yet he was understanding as always. Dr. Eller even pierced my ears when I was 13 and that was a big event for me! Last time I saw him was in my mother's final days and in his quiet, professional, and caring manner saying,"Your mother has a hard row ahead of her." To his family, know he touched many lives in a positive, kind and Christian manner.

Kay Scalf

January 11, 2018

Dr. Eller delivered my son 50 years ago. He was our family physician and we loved and respected him. Condolences to the family.
Kay Scalf

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