Gordon Lee Tharp,
“Rusty”, passed on June 21, 2020, in Michigan City, Indiana, surrounded by
his family following an automobile accident.
He was born in
Chesterton, Indiana, to George and Edna Tharp on April 30, 1942.
Patricia Hauber on November 5, 1966, at St. Patrick’s Church in Chesterton.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia Tharp, his children
Gordon Tharp Jr. (Rachel) of Burns Harbor, Karen Warner of Michigan City,
Jason Tharp of Rolling Prairie, Tina Simms (Michael) of Chesterton, his
grandchildren Ashley Lee (Chris), Gordon Tharp III (Corinna), Paige
Washington (Ryan), Nicolas Tharp, Tyler Warner, Timber Whittemore,
great-grandchildren Leon and Ethan Lee, and Lola and Ryan Washington. Also
surviving are his brothers Gerry, Don (Judy), Tim, Terry (Judy), and Scott
(Stacy), along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was proceeded
in death by his parents, brothers Keith “Hank”, John, Dan, and Michael.
school, he proudly served his country from 1960-1963 in the United States
Navy as a machinist’s mate onboard the USS William C. Lawe DD763. Rusty
returned home and worked for US steel for 21 years, and then ISC in Gary,
Indiana where he worked until his retirement in 2007.
Those who knew
Rusty knew he never met a stranger, and he always had a joke. He enjoyed
golfing and many other outdoor activities. Rusty enjoyed doing yard work,
including his neighbors when he ran out of his own. He enjoyed his monthly
breakfast with his buddies. Rusty cherished his retirement, trips with his
wife, and time spent with family and friends.
A Funeral will be
held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home
at 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.
Visitation will be
held on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at
1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to The Social & Learning Institute, 201 E. Garfield
St., Michigan City, IN 46360.
Patricia would like
to thank the EMT’s for their immediate actions, as well as Franciscan
Health’s ER and ICU staff for their care, kindness, support, and compassion
shown to her husband and family during their most difficult time.
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