Remembering the Life of Tom Roney (1946 – 2017)
It is with incredible sadness that we share with you that Tuesday evening, Tom Roney (co-owner and apple production manager at the orchard) passed away. Tom was admitted to the hospital just over two weeks ago with signs of liver failure caused by an unusual side effect from a heart medication. Unfortunately, this quickly began to affect the functioning of his other organs. He deteriorated very rapidly over these last two weeks, and last night went to be with the Lord. We realize that for us and those of you who knew Tom, this has been very sudden, but the family is comforted by good conversations we had with Tom over this past weekend where he seemed at peace.
As we process together, we invite those of you who knew Tom to share your favorite stories and memories via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Also, for those who were close to Tom who we’ve not been able to talk with directly please feel free to reach out to the family member you know best. We are happy to talk about Tom. We know Tom was a part of many people’s lives, and we do apologize that we may not have been able to communicate with all of you well over these two very short weeks.
Tom gave his all to Tuttles over the last 70 years playing a very key role in development of the orchard from the 1970s to where it is today. Tom was a quiet man (except when you asked him how to grow an apple tree then he could talk for hours). Many visitors may never have met him, but he was always here doing the little and big necessary behind the scenes tasks that kept the orchard running. He led with quiet humility…often on the busiest days in October he’d be helping to empty trash cans, yet he was well respected for his knowledge of apple production throughout the state. He is the man behind why we have some of the best apple cider in Indiana, and had an unceasing work ethic. From him we learned the joy of growing things even when it meant persevering at what needed to be done each day over the long haul. Tom also volunteered throughout Hancock County in so many capacities that we are still discovering them all. He was also a cheerleader for his seven nieces and nephews to whom he is affectionately know as Uncle Tom.
Arrangements will be handled by Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield. Viewing will be Monday, April 17th from 3-8PM. Funeral will be Tuesday, April 18th at 10AM.
To allow our family and staff some time, we have made the decision to close the orchard Monday, April 17th at 2PM and will remain closed Tuesday, April 18. Easter activities will proceed as planned on Saturday. We also ask for your grace in advance over the next few months as we adjust and figure out how to do so many things that Tom did around here. Tom’s presence will be greatly missed, but as a family and staff we feel he has prepared us well to continue with the work of the orchard….something we are very grateful for. It is fitting that we are honoring his life in the week when the apple trees are in spring bloom at the orchard…for us symbolizing that the hope of another season can be born from the solid foundation of trees that Tom has planted.