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Phyllis Thum

Phyllis Elaine (Rodenbo) Thum, 85 years old went home to our Lord on February 13th, 2022.  Phyllis was born November 9th, 1936, in Alma, Michigan to Stanley and Helen (Hraska) Rodenbo.  She married the love of her life, Harlow, and they had 56 wonderful and adventurous years together.  Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents, brother Wayne, husband, and son David.  She is survived by her daughters, LeAnn (Tom) Lindemann and Lori (Mike) Hollaway.  One daughter in law Patti (David) Thum, Six grandchildren Brian (Haley) Cook, Brandon (Madison) Cook, Brenna (Allan) Thompson, Alex Thum, Katie Thum and Nick Thum and six great grandchildren. Phoebe, Penelope, Chad, Katie, Emmett, and Kenna.

Her husband Harlow’s job moved them twice in her life. They first moved to Union City, IN where she was instrumental in starting the Union City Girls Softball League and was the 17th women in the State of Indiana to get her Basketball Refereeing license. She was on the regional council for Girl Scouts of America, a member of Tri Kappa and Over the Teacups. Later they moved to Dayton, Tennessee where she was a member of the United Methodist Church, served as Chairwoman of the Rhea County TN. Republican Woman’s Committee, volunteered with Rhea County Children’s Literacy Program and the Rhea County Library. 

Phyllis loved to dance with Harlow. She also enjoyed going out on the Tennessee River to fish. She loved to read, play cards especially Bridge but most of all being with her family and friends. She will be missed.

Friends and family may call on Saturday April 30, 2022 from 2pm to 4pm at Reichard Funeral Home 400 W. Deerfield Road Union City, IN 47390. A memorial  service will take place at 4pm with inurnment to follow at Union City Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the National Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Kidney Fund. 

Memories may be expressed at www.reichardfh.com

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I'm so sorry to learn of Phyllis's passing. I remember her as a vibrant person when we worked together on many community and church projects during our years in Union City. When the Thums returned to Union City, we became neighbors. She and Harlow were always kind and helpful. Her family and all those who knew her will greatly miss her.

Linda Noffsinger Feb 28 2022 11:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Phyllis Thum

Scott and Judith Stahl Feb 27 2022 6:50 PM

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mrs. Thum through Over the Teacups when she returned to Union City. She was always so kind. I especially enjoyed her laughter and smiles. I am very sorry for your loss. She will certainly be missed!

Cari Prinkey Feb 26 2022 3:07 PM