October 13, 2021

Thomas Eitel

Thomas Eitel, age 76, passed away July 31, 2020 from heart failure. He was born December 11, 1943 to Jack A. and Lydia Eitel. Tom attended and graduated from Lincoln High School. He was involved with football and wrestling and was a member of the “L Club” while at Lincoln High School. Upon graduation, Tom joined the United States Marine Corps on September 15, 1961 and was assigned to the 3rd Marine division. He served in Southeast Asia until honorably separating on September 14, 1964 and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Tom was married to his wife Ardie for over 45 years. Tom completed a 2 year apprenticeship in carpentry and became a member of the Carpenters Union in Omaha, NE and worked in construction/carpentry for over 40 years which also included self-employment until retiring. Tom loved to work with and create things with his hands and loved teaching his trade. He loved hunting of all kinds, spending time with all of his family and his many friends, Nebraska football, and his German Shepherds.

Tom is preceded in death by his wife Ardaith (Dec. 25, 2014) and parents Jack and Lydia Eitel. Tom is survived by brother James and wife Nancy Eitel, Seward, NE, Daughters Mary (Mike) Borrenpohl and their family, Tecumseh, NE, Tracey (Duane) Niedner, Lincoln, NE, Grandchildren Kyle L. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Sarah N. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Kysen J. Metzger, Lincoln, NE, Great-Grandson Ryker F. Borrenpohl, Lincoln, NE, Nieces Debra (Kelly) Sullivan, Chatham, IL and their families Tricia (Russ) Stanczyk, Garland, NE and all of his friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Wyuka Funeral Home. Military funeral honors will conducted by the U.S. Marine Honor Guard.

Memorials to Matt Talbot Kitchen or Pieloch pet adoption center.


  1. I am sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. We grew up together in the North Bottoms and he loved to tease me and others. We had a lot of fun growing up. Tommy was a good person. He will be missed.

  2. Mike and I were sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. Mike knew him better than
    I did because he was on the wrestling team as well. at LHS. I had Tom in some
    of my classes and he used to tease me because I was a quiet and a shy person.
    He use to make me laugh by the goofy things he would say. He was a kind
    person at heart. He will be missed by those who knew him.

    Mike and Esther (Garcia) Ortiz

  3. Tom was a swell guy and a lot of fun hanging around with him as we grew up in the
    North Bottoms.

  4. Fair winds and following seas, brother. Semper Fi!

  5. Tracy I’ll Always remember the 4th of July party at your house & your mom & dad enjoying the sangria I made. They where both great people & I always enjoyed visiting with them.


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