Thomas R. Waechter, 64, Oldenburg, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his residence.
Born Dec. 21, 1949, in Batesville, he was the son of Genevieve (Langferman) and Irvin “Muggs” Waechter. He married Susan Osburn May 24, 1969, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg.
Tom was a self-employed design engineer before retiring, and was a member of the Vineyard Community Church, Batesville, men’s group.
According to his children, “Dad could build anything.” They were told stories of him as a young man, building and designing his own bicycles and motorcycles. Many tales included motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidsons, and muscle cars, Chevy Impala being his favorite. He went on to design and manufacture machinery for the pallet industry and was a pioneer in the use of thin kerf sawing.
He loved to travel and saw much of the U.S. as a truck driver. His favorite spot was New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he vacationed with his family and enjoyed his absolute favorite restaurant, J.B.’s Fish Camp. His most memorable trip was one he took to Germany with his dad to trace their ancestry, a subject he always enjoyed talking about. The past few years would find him watching NASCAR or the Food Network, snacking on doughnuts or enjoying a cold beer under the shade tree on Friday afternoons. His wife, children, their spouses and grandchildren brought him much joy throughout the years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Suzi; daughters Shannon Fullenkamp, Oldenburg, Stacy Waechter, Hamburg, and Libby Werner, Oldenburg; son Mike Waechter and fiancée Kelsie Gillan, Cincinnati; sisters Rose Meyer and Marian Smith, Batesville, and Linda Waechter, Cincinnati; brothers Jim, Portland, Ind., Alan and John, Batesville, and Mark, Westport; and grandchildren Jacob and Eric Fullenkamp, Sam and Ellie Waechter and Brooks and Jed Werner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is Friday, March 7, from 4-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville. A service will follow with the Rev. Jeremy Smith officiating. Funeral services are Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Margaret Mary Health.