Thomas Nelson Slusser, 89, of Logansport passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020, at WoodBridge Health Campus, Logansport.
Born on March 24,1931 in Logansport, Tom was the son of Harold and Elsie (Rice) Slusser.
Tom was a 1949 graduate of Logansport High School. After graduation, Tom served in the Korean War from 1952-1954.
Upon returning home, Tom married the love of his life, Cecilia V. Rothermel, on January 9,1954 at St. Joseph Church, in Logansport.
Tom went to work for Northern Indiana Public Service Company where he was employed for 20 years. Eventually, he began working side-by-side with Cecilia, who had started, and was managing, the family greenhouse. That greenhouse would eventually grow into a landscape and garden center.
In 1975 Tom and Cecilia needed to make room in the business for their fast growing family and decided to make what would ultimately be their final career move into the highway construction & landscaping business, known as Slusser’s Green Thumb, Inc. where it continues to be successful. It was truly a family business with Tom, Cecilia, their boys and only daughter all growing up and working at the company. Tom was very proud of his family and his business and worked hard to see both grow over the years.
Tom was a proud member of All Saints Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years. Tom was also very proud of the All Saints Catholic School and was a huge supporter.
He was very active within the Logansport community, during which time he served on the Logansport Utility Service Board from 1999 – 2011. Tom was awarded the Frank M. McHale award in 1996 for outstanding service to the community. In 1998 he was awarded the Sam Walton Business Leaders Award by the Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce for his dedication and service to the community. He was also very active within the construction industry where he served as Director of Indiana Constructors Inc. from 1987 -1990. He was named Indiana Constructors Inc. Contractor of the Year and awarded the President’s Trophy in 1997.
Tom was a member of the American Legion Post 60, the VFW, and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge #66, and Knights of Columbus.
Once asked by one of the boys if he had any hobbies he said, “My business and family are my only hobbies”.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 66 years, Cecilia, are sons, Dan (Krista) Slusser, Indianapolis, Frank (Beth) Slusser, Logansport, Mark (Carolyn) Slusser, Logansport, David (Laurie) Slusser, New Albany, IN, daughter Laura (Kevin) Yurs, Indianapolis, along with twelve grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, a private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Catholic Church with Fr. Gustavo Lopez officiating. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Catholic Parish or any favorite charity.
Kroeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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