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In Memory of

Thomas Lynn Chittick

March 7, 1942 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Thomas Lynn Chittick, age 74 of Plano, Texas, left this world on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Tom was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, to Robert and Lucille Chittick, but then spent much of his life trekking the globe with his careers in the United States Army and Department of State. Growing up on farms with his younger sister, Ginger, he learned to drive a tractor quite well, though he took greater pride in his academic achievements. Tom graduated from Purdue university with a BA in Social Studies Education and an army commission as...

Thomas Lynn Chittick, age 74 of Plano, Texas, left this world on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Tom was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, to Robert and Lucille Chittick, but then spent much of his life trekking the globe with his careers in the United States Army and Department of State. Growing up on farms with his younger sister, Ginger, he learned to drive a tractor quite well, though he took greater pride in his academic achievements. Tom graduated from Purdue university with a BA in Social Studies Education and an army commission as a second lieutenant.

He served eight years of active duty in the army which included two tours in Vietnam and, later, an assignment in Berlin, Germany, where he met the love of his life, wife Gabriele Calliebe, who still resides in Plano today. They were married after only a few short months, and proceeded to build an amazing life together over the next forty-four years.

Tom's son, Béla Chittick, was brought into the world in 1975, and later, in 1980, daughter, Katrin Powell, was born. During the interim between children, Tom resigned from his active duty commission with the army, and joined the Army Reserves. He also began service with the Department of State for the next twenty years. He retired from the State Department as a foreign service officer, class one after earning multiple honor awards and finally retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel with multiple medals.

Tom had many hobbies including target pistol shooting, collecting old guns, and reading; spy, terrorism and science fiction novels in specific. Despite this, he chose to dedicate the majority of his time to teaching high school and, later, college history for the next 18 years. Though he had many skills, one of his greatest by far was his generosity in willingness to share knowledge with others.

Tom is survived by his wife Gabriele, son Béla and partner Sara, daughter Katrin and husband Erin, sister Ginger and husband Louis, and cousin Susan Schroeder and partner Ann Williamson. (And many sweet, four-legged fur-babies who all miss him dearly.)

A memorial service and celebration of life for Tom will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Ted Dickey Funeral Home located at 2128 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074.

Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano, Texas has charge of arrangements.