Thomas Lynn Van Aman

Born: Mon., Dec. 1, 1952
Died: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 18, 2019
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ of Angola

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Thomas Lynn Van Aman, 66, of Fremont, Indiana, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born on December 1, 1952 in Fort Wayne to Lawrence Van Aman and Ruth A. (Tschannen) Van Aman Smith.  He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana  in 1971.  He received his Bachelor Degree and Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.

Thomas worked in Marketing and Marketing Research for Kraft Manufacturing, Kellog Company, Information Resources Inc. and Allstate.

He served his country in the United States Army and was a  member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola.

On July 1, 1970 Thomas married Debra Elaine Bell.  Together they raised their family in Illinois before moving to Fremont and retiring at their lake home on Lake George.

Thomas was a loving husband, father and son.

Surviving is his wife Debra Elaine Van Aman of Fremont, Indiana; two sons, Paul Van Aman of Omaha, Nebraska and Matthew Van Aman of Wheeling, Illinois; daughter, Caroline (Ben Justick) Van Aman of Bloomington, Illinois; mother, Ruth A. Van Aman Smith of Fremont, Indiana and step-mother, Donna Van Aman of Grayslake, Illinois.  Also surviving are his brothers, Patrick Van Aman of Coldwater, Michigan and Adam Van Aman of Grayslake, Illinois and three sisters, Sharon (Dave) Pressler of Angola, Indiana, Christine (Robert) Watson of Chicago, Illinois and Rebecca (Randy Robinson) Van Aman of Chicago, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Van Aman and his step-father, Virgil Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Angola, Indiana with Rev. John P. Gardner officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, Indiana.

Memorials may be given to the Indiana Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 DePauw BLVD., Suite 1040, Indianapolis, IN  46268

Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organization:

Indiana Multiple Sclerosis Society
3500 DePauw BLVD, Suite 1040, Indianapolis, IN 46268

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Brent White
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
I had the good fortune to work with Tom for several years at TNS after he left IRI. We kept in touch when he went to Allstate. After he retired I was excited to learn that he was moving back home to his new home on the Lake. All who knew him will surely dearly miss him. He had an engaging smile and I always loved his sense of humor. Despite his physical struggles I never once heard him speak of it. My prayers go out to all of Tom’s loved ones.

Cindy and Paul goguen
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
What a sweet and gentle soul Tom was. We had the pleasure of raising our children together and that brings back so many wonderful memories. My heart goes out to you deb, Paul, Matt and cari. Your dad was an exceptional husband, father and friend. To know him was to love him. Rest In Peace sweet man.

Marsha Mensah
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
I did not know Tom personally, I am a co-worker of Tom's son Paul. I wanted to send my condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Van Aman family and those who are close to them. May you find strength in each other, light in the darkness and comfort in the memories you all share. God Bless.

Chancy and Jewel Ashbrook
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss Paul. (((HUGS))) We are sending prayers for you and your family.

Lori Zangerle
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
I am co-worker of Paul's. I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with Paul and all of his family.

Sandy E'Bell
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
Tom was one of the nicest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting! What an incredibly kind man, and Debbie you were right on the money when you stated that he liked everyone and wanted to be friends with all he met. That was quite clear last year & I only regret not meeting both of you many years ago. I know he will be missed by many. Leon and I send our sincerest love and regrets for this lost in your family. May he Rest in Peace and much love to you, your kids, his mom and everyone else who is a part of your lovely family.

David Nahrwold
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Carolyn and I knew Tom from our common church home, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, in Northfield, Illinois. We also grew up in Fort Wayne and spent many summers at Sylvan Lake in Rome City, in northeastern Indiana, so we had a common heritage. Tom brightened our lives with his cheerfulness, his persistence in maintaining a normal life in the face of progressive disability, and his deep faith in God. He was an inspirational person to all those around him. We extend our deepest sympathy to Debbie and his family.

   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Saddened to hear the news of Tommy's passing.
We'll be sending prayers to all of you from the San Antonio Youngs. I will share this sad news with Dad when I see him on Saturday. Please know that we'll be thinking of you!

Keith Holzmueller
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
I worked at TNS with Tom for several years and considered him a friend as well as a colleague. We worked together on a large syndicated shopper research project and had many interesting experiences translating our syndicated platform into information that met the unique needs of each of our major clients. Tom also gave me great advice, and some introductions, when I was looking for a job some years after we had worked together. I have always appreciated his positive attitude and unselfishness.

Linda Van Aman
   Posted Fri November 01, 2019
It seems we should know each other, but I cannot find a connection. However, my thoughts are with you in your loss; it sounds like your Tom was much-loved and will be greatly missed. I wish I had known him.

(I was born & raised in Angola, and interestingly, my family went to the Congregational Church when I was a child. We didn't know any other Van Amans, besides my father's immediate family, in the area. Tom was close to my age of 72.)

Mark Satterfield
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
I'm not sure what prompted me to decide to check the internet on my old friend from our days at Kraft. Suffice it to say, I was (and am) deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

Tom was one of the first people I met at Kraft and we formed an immediate connection. He remained one of my closest friends during my time there, and I regret not doing a better job of staying in touch over the years.

What stands out for me about Tom was his unflagging positive spirit despite his health challenges. That is a lesson I’ve tried to incorporate in my own life.

I know he is greatly missed but I am sure we would agree that we are better people for having had Tom in our lives.

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