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FITHIAN - Thomas Patrick Harrold, 100, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born March 24, 1916, in Greencastle, Ind., to James Joseph and Blanche Pearl (Sweet) Harrold.
Thomas married Norma Claire Bryant of Greencastle on Nov. 15, 1940.
Thomas is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Harrold-Kuchefski; grandson, Thomas Kuchefski, of Georgia; granddaughters, Sally (Michael) Kuchefski-Adams, Ohio, and Laurie (Mark) Hamilton, Florida; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, friends and special friend, Dennis Thomas Gaudio. He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife; daughter Kathleen; great-granddaughter Lauren Nichole Kuchefski; devoted son-in-law Frank Joseph Kuchefski; two brothers; and a sister.
Thomas attended Purdue University, where he boxed, played football and majored in Forestry Science. Post-college, he hired on the American Railway System in 1939 shoveling coal for the Cairo Division. During the war, he was promoted to engineer for both freight and hospital passenger trains. He engineered for the New York Central, the Indiana Beltline, the P&E and Amtrak until his retirement. He began his work in the American Forestry Program before his railway retirement, operating a tree farm and hand planted over 26,000 seedlings. He was awarded "Tree Farmer of The Year" in 1991 after completing Forest Management of the Minnesota and American Forestry Association and spending countless years and hours contributing to sustainable forestry management and labor.
Mr. Harrold was a devoted environmentalist, a master gardener, a humanitarian and spent his entire life deep-seeded in his faith to our Lord.
Memorial contributions may be made in Thomas's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Maryknoll Lay Missioners or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published on February 9, 2017
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