Thomas Artman, 95, of Wee-Ma-Tuk, died on March 30 in a tragic car accident
Thomas Artman died at 95. A resident of Newkirk, he is survived by two daughters Dawn Hall from Bartlesville and Kathy Appling and husband Kenny from Melbourne FL; nieces Marnie Nemechek, Connie O’Quain and Kelly Johnson Marcantel as well as three grandchildren: Connor, Caelyn and Lane Appling.
He was involved with FFA for four years and often discussed how his membership helped mold him into the person that he became.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Artman participated in FFA for all four years of high school, where it enabled him to develop leadership, ethics, and integrity skills. As an active member of his local chapter he enjoyed veggie judging competitions, raising animals for showmanship purposes, attending state conferences as well as having great fun!
Judge Artman of Boone County gained prominence both locally and throughout Indiana with his service to both boards he led. He served as chairman of Indiana Industrial Board for some time as well as on Public Service Commission; additionally, he held positions with Indiana Savings and Loan Association as director.
His mother Rosana Artman, two brothers Samuel and Eli Artman and a sister had all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Westlawn Cemetery Chapel; memorial trees were then planted in his honor.
He was an active member of both the Kiwanis Club and local model railroad club. Additionally, he enjoyed golf and spending time at his family lake house. Furthermore, he was active within his community serving as former mayor of Wee-Ma-Tuk.
Thomas Artman died tragically on March 30th in Oceanside, California when his Mazda MX-5 collided with two vehicles on an icy roadway and careened off into westbound lanes where it collided into Honda Accord and Toyota Corolla models before overturning onto a sidewalk and bursting into flames. He was 27 at the time.
He is an accomplished higher education leader with extensive experience in governance and leadership at independent colleges. With a deep commitment to servant leadership, he assists new presidents with succeeding at their institutions.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas was an active member of El Camino FFA for all four years of high school, where he gained valuable leadership skills ranging from vegetable judging to raising livestock. Additionally, during this time he established a strong work ethic and displayed tremendous integrity.
Boone County native Judge Artman held many prominent roles within Indiana and throughout the nation as one of its foremost agricultural leaders and held various official posts.
He and his wife maintained two homes: Indianapolis for wintertime residence and Lebanon as their summertime retreat. Both were members of the International Travel and Study Club as well as being prominent participants in social club activities. He is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Richard Chapman of Bringhurst, Mrs. Rush Cash of Lebanon and Mrs. John Artman from Route 1, Whitestown as well as 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Thomas Artman was an attentive family man who took great pleasure in spending time with his loved ones and friends. Additionally, he was actively engaged with his community by volunteering his services at local schools and being active within a model railroad club.
He participated in Future Farmers of America during his high school years, which allowed him to hone his leadership and ethical abilities while also enjoying veggie judging and raising animals – proud of all their achievements in FFA!
In 2023, at age 27 years, he died in a car crash on Faraday Avenue in Carlsbad. His Mazda MX-5 lost control on a storm-soaked roadway and veered into westbound lanes before colliding into two other vehicles – two Honda Accords and a Toyota Corollas before overturning and bursting into flames.
Thomas Artman passed away in a tragic car accident on March 30. While driving his Mazda MX-5, Artman lost control and collided with two vehicles before colliding into hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. To raise money for California Future Farmers of America where Artman was an active member, Artman’s family have launched a GoFundMe page as a memorial tribute.
Artman advocated an inclusive/Christian universalist theology during his lifetime, contending that God’s all-goodness is objectively true and all people will eventually be saved in the end. Additionally, he enjoyed model railroading and driving his Mazda Miata around. Artman left behind his wife, daughter Catherine Drehobl and Kirsten Drehobl as well as Christopher Drehobl as part of his legacy.