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Eva (Stickel) Hooley, Sun City Center, FL

My condolences to Lois and rest of the family. There are so many memories of happy by-gone-days... I joined FBN in 1975 (retired 20 years later). Those years at FNB etc. working with Tom and rest of our Bank family- was just that"Family". Only 2 of many, many fun 'family' times together were: Annual "Christmas in July" Banquet Party... and of course our annual Halloween Costume contest... actually, Tom bought and rented some of my costumes. I too, always admired Tom's unique golf pants. He was not only my "commander-in-Chief", but a great man and friend.

Bryan Smith, Granger, IN

Dear Lois,Lynn,Jill and family, I will have great memories of times playing golf with Tom. He always made me feel important and that's a special quality. Tom made everyone feel important! I will miss him. He was a wonderful man!

Jim Brown, Granger, IN

I was a vendor to FNB Elkhart that had the pleasure of working with Tom and his staff for almost 10 years. Several things impressed me about him, including his honesty and his intense interest in the development of his staff (expressed to me in a variety of private discussions). Elkhart’s development owes a great deal to his progressive actions as a banker in the community. In an unusual coincidence, my grandfather’s neighbor often baby-sat for Tom’s family, and while I wasn’t privy to any gossip I did learn how much he loved his family and his cats. An all-around good guy.



Danielle Brinkman, Milwaukee, WI

Mrs. Dusthimer, I'm so saddened to hear of this news. I remember how you both felt your "strays" were key members of your family! Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

George Allaster, Belleair, FL

Dear Lois and Family: Great fun and treasured memories as your neighbor in Elkhart Indiana in the 70's and 80's!!! Our prayers and love are with you!! George and Gail Allaster Belleair Florida

Tina (housekeeper at EGH), Wakarusa, IN

I met Tom's daughter while he was hospitalized, what an amazing family, I could tell that this man was an extaordinary person. I could feel the love in the room. I am sorry to hear of his passing, and want the family to know that you are in my hearts. I had lost my father just 10 days prior to meeting Tom's daughter, and it was touching to see her with her father.

Sam Huston, Oldsmar, FL

Lois, as you know Tom was a special person , Janet and I send our condolences he was a special person and one we will always miss.

Jim Warsaw, Wausau, WI

Those of us who had the pleasure and honor of working with him knew that the stray dogs and cats were important, but he cherished Lois and his girls. He exuded confidence; he had to in order to wear the pants he had made. He never forgot names. I will always remember Tom for: 1. Telling me to attend every athletic,social event for my kids, Mandy & A.J. 2. Customers won't bank with a banker who loses to them on the golf course; so,of course he seldom lost. 3. Visits to customers and allowing me to drive his big Lincoln Town Car. 4. His positive "can do" attitude. If a customer asked for something he said "we'll do it" regardless of the hoops we had to jump through to honor his commitment. 5. Last but not least, his favorite drink an Old Grand Dad tall in water on ice with a twist of lemon. With that being said, we are all going to miss Tom. Knowing him, he would want us all to celebrate him with a toast, and that is exactly what I intend to do tonight as I remember these and other memories of him. Jim Pettit was standing there with his drink when they met again. So, let's raise a toast to him and the end of an era for banking in Indiana and the community of Elkhart!

Linda Miller, Boca Raton, FL

Dear Lois ,Jill, Lynn and Family, I am so sad and sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Please know I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Tom will be missed by so many people.

Bill Wargo, Casa Grande, AZ

Tom was always a strong supporter of efforts to rid the Elkhart Community of illegal drugs. He made commitments behind the scenes to fight the scourge of illegal drugs and never looked for any public acknowledgement of his efforts. Tom and Jim Pettit were quite a unique combo. Rest in Peace Tom. The community owes you a great debt. Prayers and condolences to his family and many friends

Bean Family, Elkhart, IN

Our prayers and condolences go out to the Dusthimer family.

Kimberly Griffith, Goshen, IN

I am very sorry for your loss. He was a very nice gentleman. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet him and his wife. I met him through my husband Brett Griffith that worked at Firehouse Restaurant. They also, attended our wedding. I know he will be extremely missed.

Dennis Mitchell, Elkhart, IN

It comes with great sorrow of the passing of Tom. I am a friend and a customer of his and Tom always followed thru on every commitment. I always respected, admired, and loved being around him. Tom took a big risk during our company’s beginning years and we will always be thankful for that. Elkhart County made significant gains thanks to Tom's direction. I find comfort that he is experiencing all the joys of Heaven.

Dick Gatton, Fort Wayne, IN

An amazing man. An amazing banker and a great supporter of those of us who ran banks in smaller communities. He will be greatly missed.

George Freese, Elkhart, IN

Like many others who worked and played with and around Tom Dusthimer, I enjoyed the ride. Tom operated in such a way as to bring out the best in others, whether they liked it or not. He set his own goals and had an uncanny way of making the future fit his vision. His outgoing personality, flair and stamina were perfectly matched by a caring regard for people and animals. He could have applied those attributes to become a success anywhere and in anything. I'm glad that he did it in Elkhart and that the community and I could benefit from his efforts. We will miss him greatly.

Thomas Balyeat, Aurora, CO

Thomas & Lois Dusthimer. Two very special people. They were there for me, and I was there with them. God has taken Tom, and I know God will watch over Lois.


I worked with Tom for many years and I will miss him. He had a great impact on my life. The best banker I have ever had the pleasure to meet. So long Tom.

Thomas Irions, Elkhart, IN

I was very saddened to hear about Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers go to Lois and and the rest of the family. I will never forget Tom. He was very important to me, especially at the beginning of my business career. He banked us for many years and also served on our board of directors. He was a great man who set a good example for us younger guys to follow. His family and friends were everything to Tom. We have lost one of our most valued business and civic leaders. Tom will be deeply missed by our entire community. May he rest in peace knowing he made our world a better place. Tom Irions
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