Thomas Malcolm Trump, PhD., age 60, of Columbia City, IN passed away on Friday March 23, 2018 at his home. Born on December 7, 1957 in Columbia City, he was the son of Malcolm Hugh and Lois Margaret (Gregory) Trump.
Thomas attended local schools and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1976. He then attended Indiana University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in history in 1980. Thomas earned his PhD. In political science from the University of Minnesota in 1987.
On June 20, 1987 Thomas married Rebecca LaBissoniere in Saint Paul, MN. Thomas was a devoted stay at home father for his children, and family time was very important to him. He also enjoyed investing, reading, watching classic movies and television programs, and sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Indiana Hoosiers.
Survivors include his wife Rebecca Trump of Columbia City; daughter Claire Sylvia (Alan) Trump-Ahrndt of Columbia City; son Adam Thomas (Mattea) Trump of Fort Wayne; granddaughter Aria Marilyn Trump, and one grandchild on the way; siblings Charles Trump and Becky Dahms, both of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family and friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday March 29, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in memory of Thomas may be made to the American Heart Association or to Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family a condolence.
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Rebecca & Claire - I just heard of the passing of your husband and father. My heart goes out to the both of you and the rest of the family. May God comfort you in the days to come and fill the void in your life. Our prayers are being lifted for you; may God bless. Gary Bandelier
Becky and Charles so sorry to hear of your brother Tom passing. I remember him growing up as we bought club calves from your family to show for 4-h. Great memories that you will never forget. Prayers for your families.
He was my good friend when I was in grad school at Indiana where he was an undergrad. Visited him in Columbia City and he and Kevin Tripcony visited me back in Louisiana and stayed in touch for a while afterward. Sorry we lost touch over the years. Such an awesome guy - very bright and full of life. All the best to the family in these tough times.
Wayne Parent - his friend in Louisiana now teaching Political Science at LSU
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
Thomas Malcolm Trump, CCHS ALUMNI Class of 1976.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
to Thomas family.
Rebecca and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May you feel God's arms wrapped around you during this difficult time. You are in my prayers.
I forgot to explain the picture I posted. That was me wearing Tom's overcoat in front of Trump Tower in NYC I believe in 1983 while we were there visiting our friend and classmate Chris for the weekend who was living there for the summer.
Becky, Claire, Adam (Trumps, Sheets...), I am heartbroken at your loss. I'm still struggling to believe this is real and not some cruel joke. We were blessed by being children of the "Gregory girls," three amazing women, two of which had families that spent a lot of formative time together. Summers on the Indiana farms were about as ideal a venue to, play, have fun and grow-up as I can imagine. Tom, Nick, Julie and I played and played, both on Lois' and Malcolm's farm, and on MALOEN. Tom, stayed with us in Buren and Friedburg Germany, the Philippines, and then with my parents (and Julie) in Morfelden Germany. Those memories, and the fun we had, will never leave me. When I spent a year in the US during my junior year of High School, Tom made me a part of his circle of friends, making that year a highlight, rather than an ordeal. His friends, remain my friends, even today; which is a gift. I lived with Tom and Charles my freshman year of college in a total dump of a trailer (along with "Mr. Witch"), and next door to "Dr. Strange" and his thousand-or-so cats, who reminded us of their presence olfactorily every single day. Despite the place being a dump, we had a great time in Bloomington. I think Tom's commitment to studying hard and doing well, helped shape my own study habits that freshman year. In other words, he helped show me the way to succeed in college. Our frequency of contact waned over the years, but I was fortunate to briefly reconnect with him, and with the extended Trump family, on occasion; most recently at Claire's wedding. Tom was a hugely proud parent, and it's obvious (if you're lucky enough to meet his kids) why that might be. I'm grateful to have had Tom in my life, as a cousin and as a dear friend. I will miss him deeply while doggedly reminding myself that having him here for a brief time is far better than not having him here at all.
Praying for peace, comfort and strength for all of you now and into the future. Take one day at a time and cherish the sweet memories with Tom. Numbers 6: 24-26
One my most fun vacations ever was a two week vacation when Tom and I drove down to Mississippi and Louisiana in the summer of '81
Tom to my left as my best man August 1, 1980.
Tom as my best man August 1, 1980.
Tom and I were very close friends for a number of years when we were young. He was the best man at my wedding on August 1, 1980. My wife Cathy and I pray for you and your family.
TOM and me on a horse circa 1966
I'm sorry about your loss.
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