Thomas William Raubuck, 56, of Terre Haute, passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2006, at Union Hospital.
Tom was born November 30, 1949, in Staunton, IN to Robert Harold Raubuck (deceased) and Thela Mae Smith. He was raised there on a family street of many cousins, aunts and uncles. He graduated from Staunton High School in 1967. He was educated in the fine arts at Indiana State University and the University of Illinois where he also taught as a graduate student.
He helped his father build many homes in the Staunton area during his youth. He worked as a counselor during the early years of the 232-DRUG center previously near Indiana State University's campus.
He married his wife Andrea in 1970 and they had two children, daughter Amoké Na and son Jareb Iden.
He lived for a decade in Illinois in the Champaign-Urbana area and in the small village of Philo where he worked at the local library and owned Moonlight Glasswork'z, his own stained glass business.
He was a very involved and outspoken member of the community and a regular attendee of school board meetings, county council, and he was an environmentalist.
He enjoyed many family vacations to Agawa Bay, Ontario, Canada, as well as camping, canoeing, fishing, bicycling, gardening, and the quiet country life. He was a lover of animals, music, the arts, literature, cinema and gourmet foods. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin on the Eel River and pondering life and nature.
He worked at the Main Branch of the Vigo County Public Library for many years before retiring in 2000.
Tom had many great friendships that spanned four or more decades. He lived life full and as he wanted to live it. He was a kind man and always had a helping hand for others.
Survivors include his mother Thela Mae Smith, his daughter Amoké and her husband Andrew Capps and his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Grace Capps. His son Jareb Raubuck, and his sweet little beloved dog and sidekick Luna. He left behind two uncles, Curt Raubuck and his wife Irene and Jack Raubuch and his wife, Nancy. An aunt, Lois German and her son, Harry, who was like a brother to Tom. He had many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He has chosen cremation. Debaun Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A private memorial service for family and friends will be held.