Obituaries » Thomas P. Lerch

February 20, 1941 - May 26, 2018

Funeral Service Date
May 30, 2018
Funeral Service Time
01:00 pm

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THOMAS PAUL LERCH, passed away on Saturday, May 26 2018. Born on Feb. 20, 1941 in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was the son of the late Paul and Evanette Bourgeois Lerch. After graduating from South Side High School in 1959, he attended Indiana University completing a degree in business. Soon after that, Tom bought his first dry cleaning store, Peerless Cleaners, from his father and went on to grow Peerless into a multi-location chain. After selling Peerless, Tom semi-retired to his home on Lake James with his wife and golden retriever where he enjoyed working outdoors on his property, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends. Tom’s love of the outdoors and fun-loving nature are just a couple of the things that made him so special to all that had the pleasure of knowing him. He was always up for an adventure. He enjoyed regular trips to his cabin near Jackson Hole, Wyo. where he and his family and friends would spend time hiking the beautiful terrain. In his early days as a young man, Tom was very active running marathons, playing racquetball and handball with a tight-knit group of friends from Fort Wayne. Tom will be greatly missed by his family and friends and is survived by his son, Chris (Karen) Lerch of Chicago, Ill.; daughters, Lindi Cranston of Middlebury and Amanda (Jared Wilson) Lerch of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren; sister, Lois (Vince) Tippmann of Fort Wayne; many nieces and nephews, and also leaves behind many friends. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Diana Lerch. Funeral Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday May 30, 2018, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. Memorials in Tom’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago (IL 60601). www.alz.org

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

Visitation Date

May 30, 2018

Visitation Time

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

Funeral Service Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

Service Date: May 30, 2018

Service Time: 12:00 pm

Service Notes:

Funeral Service Date

May 30, 2018

Funeral Service Time

01:00 pm

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