Thomas W. Ferverda

February 20, 1935 - February 6, 2021
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Thomas W. Ferverda, 85, of Indianapolis, IN, formerly of Kokomo, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021, after a battle with the COVID-19 virus. Tom was born in Leesburg, IN, on February 20, 1935, to Dean and Dorothy (Loyd) Ferverda, who predeceased him. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 63 years, Susan ElaineContinue Reading

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Debbie Reeder left a message on February 28, 2021:
Mr. Ferverda was always very kind to me. I lived in the same neighborhood in Kokomo, and when my father passed away, he told if I needed help with anything to give him a call. He was also a friend of my parents (Dick and Becky Lavengood). Such a sweet man, and I know you have many fond memories. Prayers to all.
Rev Kristine Eggert left a message on February 17, 2021:
I had the privilege of being Tom and Susan's pastor for several years at Northwood Christian Church. And while pastors are not supposed to have "favorites" in their congregation, I was drawn to Tom and Susan from the moment I met them. Their warmth and hospitality were shown to me in numerous ways, and I will always remember them fondly. After reading this lovely tribute, it's clear that I was not the only person drawn to Tom and his smile and kindness. The world was quite simply a better place with him in it. Our prayers for Susan moving forward in life without him -- may she always know how completely she was loved in her marriage. And our prayers for the entire family with blessings on your wonderful memories of such a special dad and grandpa. Rev. Kris Eggert Cleveland, OH
Rob Godschall left a message on February 16, 2021:
Today I was saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Ferverda which I read about on His passing brought back many good memories of time spent with him in my childhood. The Ferverda family lived across the street from my family in Kokomo in a beautiful house whose landscaping was always well-maintained due to his continual efforts. He was always “Mr. Ferverda” to me. A man to be admired. A man who was a positive role model. A man of faith. For the most part, I remember his kindness, his smile and his generosity in all endeavors. Occasionally, I would walk over to his home and chat with him while he performed yardwork, discussing sports or current events or whatever else was going on at the time. You see, he and “Mrs. Ferverda” were the cool, attractive parents in the neighborhood that everybody liked. Never once do I remember him not making time for me despite his chores. His sense of humor and his outgoing, optimistic personality were always appealing to me. I recall one of his favorite expressions was “by golly!”, spoken with affirmation or encouragement to something positive I had done or just reinforcing his positive outlook on life. I also remember the Ferverda family organizing several neighborhood parties on the 4th of July in their front yard. We set up tables on their long driveway and grills in the court next to their house. Ever family who attended brought food to share and meat to grill. We played basketball at the hoop in the court and engaged in various games like three-legged races. It was there that Mr. Ferverda introduced me to one of his favorite beverages – Dr. Pepper which was chilling on ice in big, 16 ounce, glass bottles in a metal tub on their driveway. Better than Cherry Coke, I thought. However, I’m sure he consumed the sugary beverage in moderation as he was always physically fit. Those are just some of the good memories of Mr. Ferverda that return my mind from our time together in the 1970s. I’m sure many others will come back to me in the days ahead as his way of touching my life. My condolences and prayers go out to his family: “Mrs. Ferverda”, Lynn, Lori and Melissa. I’m sure they are all heartbroken, but are also celebrating his life and many achievements. He enriched everyone’s life with optimism and encouragement. To me, that is his legacy. Well done, Mr. Ferverda. Thank you for the meaningful life lessons you shared and your kindness. Peace be with you all.
Matt McKillip left a message on February 14, 2021:
My prayers to the entire Ferverda family. Mr. Ferverda was part of the big neighborhood that helped raise us. I will remember how joy filled he always was and how willing he was to stop what he was doing to talk with us, help us and share his advice with us. I will gladly share some kindness this week to honor this fine man. May he rest in joy in heaven.
Ron Barsh left a message on February 14, 2021:
Friend, neighbor, track meet starter, and a truly wonderful person. Tom was such a great mentor to me as AD at Kokomo to help with our big meets. He was so good at working with kids and helping them develop a love of track that he had. He had such an impact on all that he came in contact with. I will miss him greatly. Ron and Pam Barsh
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Lorie Schmidt left a message on February 13, 2021:
Mr. Ferverda was always extremely hospitable, warm, and welcoming to friends of his children who visited their home, creating happy memories for all involved. He will definitely be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Tim Claytor left a message on February 13, 2021:
Never a finer Man that I have met in my life and a great grandfather as “Granpa Tom” ......... the world will miss Tom and we need more people like him.
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