In Memory

Thomas L. Eitel

Thomas L. Eitel


The following obituary appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

December 11, 1943 – July 31, 2020

Thomas Eitel, age 76, passed away July 31, 2020 from heart failure. He was born December 11, 1943 to Jack A. and Lydia Eitel. Tom attended and graduated from Lincoln High School. He was involved with football and wrestling and was a member of the “L Club” while at Lincoln High School. Upon graduation, Tom joined the United States Marine Corps on September 15, 1961 and was assigned to the 3rd Marine division. He served in Southeast Asia until honorably separating on September 14, 1964 and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Tom was married to his wife Ardie for over 45 years. Tom completed a 2 year apprenticeship in carpentry and became a member of the Carpenters Union in Omaha, NE and worked in construction/carpentry for over 40 years which also included self-employment until retiring. Tom loved to work with and create things with his hands and loved teaching his trade. He loved hunting of all kinds, spending time with all of his family and his many friends, Nebraska football, and his German Shepherds.

Tom is preceded in death by his wife Ardaith (Dec. 25, 2014) and parents Jack and Lydia Eitel. Tom is survived by brother James and wife Nancy Eitel, Seward, NE, Daughters Mary (Mike) Borrenpohl and their family, Tecumseh, NE, Tracey (Duane) Niedner, Lincoln, NE, Grandchildren Kyle L. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Sarah N. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Kysen J. Metzger, Lincoln, NE, Great-Grandson Ryker F. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Nieces Debra (Kelly) Sullivan, Chatham, IL and their families Tricia (Russ) Stanczyk, Garland, NE and all of his friends.

A Celebration of Life was held on October 23, 2021 at Wyuka beginnng with brief graveside services and a US flag ceremony conducted by the US Marine Honor Guard. A service in the chapel was followed with lunch and time with the family. Click here for Tom's obituary on the Wyuka website.

Ron Bauers Memorial, l to r: Dave Drevo, Gary Haas, Tom Eitel

Tom regularly attended the "Guy's Dinners" where he and many others enjoyed the comradarie of exchanging old memories and current experiences.

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08/03/20 10:22 AM #1    

Lester E. Williams

It is sad to read about Tom Eitel's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom's family. Tom will be missed but never forgotten. REST IN PEACE TOM!!

08/05/20 02:24 PM #2    

John C. Akers

So sorry to hear about Tom Eitel's passing. Tom and I joined the Marine Corps together.  Rest In Peace Tom!   "Semper Fi".

08/06/20 09:34 AM #3    

Mary L. Thorpe (Dolce)

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's death.  I am holding his family in my heart, as he was such a terrific guy.  Lots of fun high school in peace, Tom.

08/06/20 09:52 AM #4    

Gloria J. Kowrack (Schmidt)

Another special classmate gone but not lforgotten. Always a handsome and friendly guy. So sorry to hear of his leaving us. He will be missed. Prayers to the family. 

08/07/20 09:57 PM #5    

Karen J. Dahlstrom (Everett)

Tom was a classmate who will be missed. I will pray for his family. 

08/08/20 02:25 PM #6    

Rosemary Long (Jamison)

One favorite memory I have of Tom goes way back to 9th grade. In history class, our assignment was to work with another student to memorize the Gettysburg Address. Tom and I were partners, and I remember how much trouble we had getting it right and how much we laughed the whole time! I definitely remember his special sense of humor. Gone too soon. R.I.P., Tom.

08/09/20 06:11 AM #7    

Susan K. Hanneman (Williams)

Wonderful person and memories.  Rest In Peace, Tom

08/09/20 08:25 PM #8    

Rosemarie Jacobs (Magee)

Rest in peace, Tom.  Thoughts of family for their comfort duriing this time of loss.

08/10/20 09:16 AM #9    

Esther R. Garcia (Ortiz)

It saddens me to hear of another Link passing away.  My prayers go out to Tom and his family.

He had a great sense of humor.  RIP Tom.

Esther Garcia Ortiz

08/11/20 11:15 AM #10    

Glenda M. Payne (Clark)

Prayers for peace and comfort for Tom's family.  Difficult to have closure during this covid19 time.  

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