Friends and colleagues remember Thomas Dusthimer as a man who brought passion and energy to every project.
The banker, businessman and community leader died Monday (July 8), according to a report by The Elkhart Truth. Dustimer also played a role with many companies in the RV industry and at one point was a regular attendee at the Louisville Show.
Dusthimer moved to Elkhart with his family in 1973. He spent many years in banking and was president, CEO and chairman of First National Bank in Elkhart. Dusthimer was also involved in many community projects and served on several community boards.
Bob Deputy, local businessman and longtime friend of Dusthimer’s, said on Wednesday that Dusthimer “hit the ground running” when he arrived in Elkhart.
“Tom was a gem and he and his family were a gift to this community,” Deputy said. “Tom gave 100%. He went to his social commitments at night until all hours but he was there at 7 a.m. for United Way or (other community groups) too. Not only did Tom personally give money to projects, he raised money to make Elkhart what it could be. He was just over the top as far as the support he gave the community.”
Deputy added that he went to school with Dusthimer and had maintained a relationship with him over the years. He said that Dusthimer’s people skills and personality — including some wacky outfits — were key to his success in banking.
To read the entire story in The Truth along with funeral arrangements click here.