Thomas Flitter, 1943-2019

Thomas Leroy Flitter, formerly of LaPorte, IN, died at the age of 75 on Jan. 1, 2019, at his Manitou Springs, CO, home after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  

He was born Sept. 22, 1943, to Joseph A. Flitter and Edna Erma (Schoof) Flitter. Tom was the youngest of 11 children.

He married Roselyn Ann Goff on Oct. 24, 1964. They were married 35 years and had two children, Jeffery Alan Flitter and Tambra Lynn Flitter, and seven grandchildren, Cassandra Rinkle, Camden Rinkle, Kaitlin Campbell, Nathan Egelske, Joseph Flitter, Thomas Flitter, and Olivia Flitter.

Thomas graduated in 1962 from Rolling Prairie High School and went on to Purdue University, where he studied Industrial Engineering. While in college, he worked summers for his oldest brother at Allied Engineering and Fabrication. While working there he learned to weld and built the iron stair rail that can still be seen in the old Levine’s Boston Store in downtown LaPorte. In 1966 he went to work in the test lab at New York Blower Company. While working there, he also worked in the Marketing Department, setting up trade shows. He also helped set up and was Assistant Manager of the first plastics division plant. In 1972 he became tired of sitting behind a desk and went to work for Supreme Plumbing and Heating, where he earned his Journeyman Plumber’s License. He later worked for LaPorte County government as its Building Engineer, and as Service Manager for Dye Plumbing and Heating, where he earned his Plumbing Contractor’s license. In 1992 he opened Flitter Plumbing and Heating with his son, Jeff.

Thomas moved to Colorado Springs in 2001, where he met Gloria Eggert; they were married June 19, 2004. He retired in 2007 from Fountain Valley School; he enjoyed keeping busy with their rental properties and quiet afternoons relaxing with his dog, Helios, on his deck overlooking Pike’s Peak.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of any Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

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6 Responses to “Thomas Flitter, 1943-2019”


    Jan 07. 2019


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  2. Keven Borkowski

    Jan 09. 2019

    So sorry to hear this he was a good man. Prayers to you and the rest of the family

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  3. K. Jorgenson

    Jan 10. 2019

    Im sorry to hear of Toms passing. He always treated me like part of the family back in HS. Best wishes to his family, during this difficult time, I hope it gives you peace that he lived what sounds to have been an extraordinarily happy life in the end. R.I.P.

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  4. Thomas flitter

    Jan 11. 2019

    I’m his grandson he was the best person I have ever known he loved everyone and everyone loved him it makes me sad that he has died but he lived a good life o wish I could have seen him still leaves me in tears he was the best

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  5. Linda Machler

    Jan 13. 2019

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. It was so wonderful to see Tom a couple years ago when he was visiting my dad, Don Machler. Tom and Dad spent many years working together, and shared a great friendship and respect for each other. Prayers to his family.

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  6. Nate Wanke

    Apr 11. 2019

    Tom was a great guy I met him a couple years before his passing and I worked with him pretty regularly. He is a great very special kind of person he loved everyone and was always a joy to be around

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