Charles Thomas 'Tom' Petty


ALEXANDRIA [mdash] Charles Thomas "Tom" Petty, 70, Alexandria, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family June 22, 2019, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Anderson, the son of Charles E and Mary (Thurber) Petty and was graduated from Alexandria-Monroe High School, Class of 1966. In his later years, he was affiliated with the Epworth United Methodist Church.
After high school, he went to work at Delco Remy for four months before being drafted into the United States Navy during the Vietnam War where he served as an electronics technician on the USS Dale DLG. Upon returning from the Navy he met beloved wife, Donna, at a homecoming football game. They were never apart again. They just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2019.
He was a journeyman electrician, retiring from Delphi after 35 years of service in the General Motors family. His latest career was as franchise owner of three H&R Block offices in Marion and Alexandria.
He had many hobbies over the years: camping, canoeing, woodworking, radio controlled airplanes, photography and golf. More important than his hobbies was a love of serving others. This was demonstrated by getting his officiating license to be able to support his wife when she began coaching the first middle school girls' sports in Alexandria in the 1970s; he was also a founding co-president of the Alexandria Girls Softball League and served as president for the Alexandria Tiger Shark swim team; his many years as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 381 of Alexandria; his six years of service at the Missanabie Woods Academy where he taught troubled teenagers to use power tools as they constructed a 5,000-sqare-foot deck, among other projects; he also constructed a beautiful 3-foot hanging cross for the chapel at Missanabie Woods Academy from the three native woods. Even as his health was failing he constructed a storage closet for Epworth United Methodist Church.
Some of his happiest times were spent driving his John Deere tractors. When his failing health required moving to a condo, Tom satisfied this need by volunteering to mow the yard at Epworth United Methodist Church for several years. Along with his wife, his greatest joy was his daughter, Amber, and his three newly adopted grandchildren.
Survivors include wife of 48 years, Donna (Deaton) Petty, of Alexandria; daughter, Amber Petty, of Cochabamba, Bolivia; special family friend, Kirsten Lou Bedell, of Cochabamba, Bolivia; grandchildren, Daniel Thomas Petty, 13, Benito Marcus Petty, 11, and Kliber Dominic Bedell, 8; father and stepmother, Charles (Barbara) Petty, Anderson; brothers, Richard (Teresa) Petty, Ocala, Florida, Ronald (Leasa) Petty, Anderson, Philip Petty, Summitville; sisters, Pamela (Robert) Wood, Riverview, Florida, and Debbie (Tim) Gellinger, Cicero; and several nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother.
Celebration of Life Memorial Services honoring Tom's life, legacy and faith will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Heidi Quinones officiating. Military honors will take place at the funeral home following the services. Per Tom's request, cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Wednesday prior to the services.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers should be given to Lifesong Christian Fellowship, 6460 E Winding Brook Lane, Mooresville, IN 46158.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Tom and serve the Petty and Deaton families.
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