Thomas Eugene Durham, MD, 88 of Elkhart, passed into Heaven on Monday morning, September 27, 2021, with family by his side.
Thomas was born in Toluca, IL on January 23, 1933, the youngest of nine children, to the late Francis and Theresa (Farley) Durham. Thomas is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, Donna (Donatt) Durham who he married on June 8, 1957 in Oglesby, IL. They built a wonderful life together with their six surviving children: Dr. Timothy (Janet) Durham, Denise (Kent) Etchison, Daniel (Karen) Durham, Todd (Jane) Durham, Ted Durham, and David (Lenitra) Durham. Seventeen grandchildren: Patrick (Jenn) Durham, Kara (Sawyer) Hankins and Kevin Durham; Amanda Etchison; Allison, Katherine, and Samantha Durham; TJ, Suzanne, Scott and Cazarina Durham; Parker, Ryan Lynn, Mitchell, and Evan Durham (mother Shelley Kruggel); Xavier and Xander Durham. And two great grandchildren: Hazel and Gray Hankins.
Dr. Durham attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA and earned his MD from Marquette University Medical School in Milwaukee, WI in 1958. He completed his Fellowship in Orthopedics at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL. He moved to Elkhart where he practiced medicine for 40 years helping thousands of patients recover from their injuries. Dr. Durham was a founding partner of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) of Northern Indiana. He was a member of American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Indiana Orthopedic Society, Indiana Bone and Joint Club, American Medical Association, Elkhart County Medical Society, The Loyal Order of Moose, and Knights of Columbus.
Thomas was a devoted parishioner of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church and a great, dedicated family man. He enjoyed the outdoors – skiing with the family, tennis, golf, travel, and gardening and became an expert tree surgeon after he retired. He was an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. He lived life fully and gratefully with his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His circle of life continues with the baptism of Gray, his youngest great grandson on October 9
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 1, from 5-8 PM at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. A parish rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 2, at 11:00 AM with a viewing at 10:00 AM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1405 N Main St., Elkhart. Rev. Jason Freiburger will officiate. Cremation will follow, with burial at a later in St. Vincent Cemetery Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions to St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church or St. Vincent de Paul Society. Condolences may be made online to Dr. Durham’s family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com
The family kindly request face coverings (masks) be worn indoors at all times, Hand sanitzer is available throughout the funeral home.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
1405 North Main Street, Elkhart IN 46514
St. Vincent dePaul Society
428 Melcher Avenue, Elkhart IN 46516