Thomas Michael Ciskowski, 79, of Spencer passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 15, 2021. He was born on August 17, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Irene (Talatzko) Ciskowski.
Tom graduated from Don Bosco High School and entered college at St. Joseph’s College. His studies later took him to Purdue University, where he met Nancy Glaser at her freshman mixer. He graduated from St. Joseph’s with a degree in Math and Physics in 1963, and from Purdue in Aeronautical Engineering in 1964. He began work with Allison Division of General Motors in 1964, and he and Nancy were married in 1965.
Tom’s work at Allison started in the Performance Group with analysis of the Convair 580, and later included work on inlets, nozzles and supersonic compressor blades. Later he worked in the Combustion Group, Research Labs, the Test Department, and Computer Aided Engineering. He retired in 2001.
As a child, Tom’s parents took him to day programs on Native American cultures at the Milwaukee County Museum, which sparked his lifelong interest in archaeology. He was the founding president of the Indianapolis Amateur Archaeology Association. He worked on many excavations in conjunction with professional archaeologists, including the Josie, McKinley, Bone Bank, and Hovey Lake sites. He was lead excavator on the Christensen mastodon find near Greenfield, on exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
Tom was active in conservation and founding president of the Friends of Goose Pond. He was also an accomplished carpenter and woodworker, building many pieces of furniture and most of the interior cabinetry and woodwork in their post-and-beam home in southern Owen County. He played the accordion, was an accomplished gardener and a lifelong auto racing fan.
Tom is survived by his sons David (Holly) Ciskowski of Indianapolis, Matthew (Eunice) Ciskowski of Fairfax, VA, and Luke (Kathy) Ciskowski of Franklin; and his grandchildren Jacob, Andrew, Isaiah, Abigail, and Evelyn.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy and his parents Joseph and Irene.
Tom was a lifelong Catholic and a member of St. Jude the Apostle in Spencer. Those who knew Tom will always remember his keen intellect, quirky humor, and loyalty and devotion to his friends and family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 300 W. Hillside Avenue in Spencer. Interment will follow at Pleasant Bethel Cemetery in Worthington.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Goose Pond https://friendsofgoosepond.org/donate/ or St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Spencer.
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Arrangements have been provided by West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer, IN.
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