Thomas Eads

Thomas Lee Eads, of North Manchester, passed away peacefully just after the New Year arrived in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2022.

His homegoing was filled with profound love and he was fortunate to pass in the comfort of the home he shared with Susan Trowbridge.

Born on Aug. 5, 1942, in Urbana, he was the son of James C. Eads and Mildred Montel Eads. He graduated from Urbana High School, a proud Speed King, and was educated in the School of Life.

Tom raised his Urbana-born sons to follow in his path of loving life and living it well. Summers were spent waterskiing on the pond in front of the house, with Tom's homemade ski jump right in the middle. Tom helped them to show cattle, taught them to ride horseback, and to make the best kinds of mischief. 

In the last two decades of his life, Tom and Susan traveled across this great country by Cadillac Brougham, motorcycle, schooner, airplane, pontoon and even trolley. In later years, the circle grew smaller but his curiosity never waned. They drove round and round Wabash county “turkey-necking,” looking out the car windows, remembering bits and bobs about each tract of land, each house, each old car.

As Tom came to know Susan, he inherited and was inherited by her children and grandchildren: Chris and Shannon, Erin and Jon and Amy Trowbridge—along with their children Austin, Sam and Jaclyn; Judah and Willow; Alex and Eva. They considered and loved him like a father and a grandfather of their own.

He was a dedicated grandfather to all of his grandchildren, biological and inherited alike, and spent all the time he could at their tennis, soccer, swimming, volleyball and basketball games. And if that game was outdoors, he would likely be in his car, fence-side, honking whenever one of them scored.

Predeceased by his parents and brother, Harold Teeter, Tom is survived by his companion Susan Trowbridge and her family; his sister Peggy Dilling; his brother Ronald Eads; his sons Tadd and Terry Eads; his daughter-in-law Peggy Eads; along with grandchildren Abby Bitzer and Allison Dawes; and great-grandchildren Brontly, Beckett and Maddox.  His special bond with Troy and Mody Eads became especially meaningful over the last years of his life.

He has been deeply treasured and is already greatly missed by all.

The family will hold a small memorial service in remembrance of Tom’s extraordinary life in May, when the sun is warm and the days are long. Everyone who remembers Tom is asked to celebrate his life in their own way.

Posted on 2022 Jan 11