Nelson passed away on August 31, 2017, in Valparaiso, IN, from complications
due to congestive heart failure. He was 67 years old.
Tom was born in
Northwest Indiana on November 10, 1949, to Arthur Nelson and Barbara (Kubic)
He was the older of
two sons, and spent his childhood active in Boy Scout Troop #68. Tom earned
the Eagle Scout Badge, and was also a lifelong member of the Augsburg
Lutheran Church of Porter, IN. He graduated from Chesterton High School in
1967, and later attended Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN,
graduating with a degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management.
Tom returned to
Northwest Indiana after college and began working at LTV Steel in
management, and then later at US Steel, where he accumulated over 37 years
of service. He also worked for 35 years at H & R Block where he thrived as a
tax preparation expert. Tom took frequent winter trips to the north woods of
Wisconsin and Michiganís UP, riding snowmobiles and enjoying time with
friends and family. He was an avid golfer who was both invigorated and
frustrated by the game. As a lifelong and diehard Chicago Cubs fan, Tom
enjoyed these past few seasons as much as anyone, and was forever grateful
he lived to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series. Also an ardent
supporter of Boilermaker Athletics, Tom loved watching Purdueís football and
basketball teams, rooting them on each season.
Tom was preceded in
death by both his parents, and younger brother Terry (2008). Tom had the
privilege of spending over 43 years married to the love of his life, Diane (Kuta)
who also proceeded him in death on August 22, 2017.
Tom is survived by
many cousins, aunts, uncles, and members of the Kuta family. He is also
survived by nephew Mitch and wife Angie, and their young children, Lorraine
and Barrett, who Tom enjoyed spending significant time with over the past
Tomís striking wit,
sense of humor and constant steady approach to life were recognized and
loved by all who knew him, and will surely be missed.
There will be no
public services, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Shirley Heinz Land Trust or the Lakeshore Humane Society in Tomís name.
Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton,