Tommy Joe Eilers, 74, passed away on Tuesday, February 7th, at his home with his loving wife Debbie and family by his side.
Tom was born on January 29th, 1949 in Baytown, Texas. He was the fourth son of Henry W. and Ola Emma Eilers. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baytown.
Tom graduated from Channelview High School. He continued his education at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1973.
Tom met his future wife, Debbie Tesch through the matchmaking efforts of his sister-in-law, Elaine, and brother, Gary. They were married on April 2, 1977, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg. From this union, three sons were born, Aaron Christopher, Kevin Michael, and Brandon Scott. Tom and Debbie were married for almost 46 years.
Tom enjoyed his work as a pharmacist for 28 years. He loved to spend time not only caring for, but also talking with his Appletree and HEB Pharmacy customers. He never met a stranger. He easily talked to everyone and quite frankly, he could “talk your ear off”. He was forced into early retirement when he had a stroke in 2001.
Tom’s interests included camping, travelling, photography, and wood working. He would take on any project, no matter the size. He liked building smaller things, such as bird houses, decorations, wood toys, and even an aquarium cabinet stand for his son. He was also involved in helping his brothers, Leslie and Jerry, in building their houses. He enlisted his brother Jerry to help him build a barn and garage house.
Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, whether he was spoiling the grandkids or playing 42 with extended family. He enjoyed traveling, seeing the sites, and just taking a drive around the town or out in the country. He especially liked photographing old churches. He loved to assist all his sons in their Cub Scout and Boy Scout adventures. This included everything from pinewood derby car racing to camping adventures at various Scout camps. He loved being a part of it.
Tom had many health issues, but he remained a fighter until the end. His family nicknamed him the “Energizer Bunny” because he never wanted to give up.
Tom is survived by his wife, Debbie; his three sons and their families, Aaron (Courtney), Kevin (Sarah), Brandon (Alexis). He was Paw Paw to four granddaughters, Alyssa, Cierra, Finley, and Clara. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Eilers; mother, Ola Eilers; mother-in-law, Dorothy Tesch; father-in-law, Leslie Tesch; four brothers, Melvin, Jerry, Gary, and Leslie; sister-in-law, Patsy.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10th from 8 am until 7 pm, with the family present from 4-7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11th at 2:30 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Craig Dohse officiating. Burial will take place immediately following at Prarie Lea Cemetery.