American Concrete Institute mourns the passing of member Thomas Grisinger

Tom Grisinger
Tom Grisinger

A celebration of life for Thomas John Grisinger, 60, took place at College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Grisinger was a member of the American Concrete Institute 310 committee and was a good friend to many people and an outstanding concrete materials professional.

Grisinger passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, after courageously battling many health challenges stemming from a cancer diagnosis in 2002. He was born Nov. 2, 1954 to William and Mildred Grisinger in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a member of the Omaha South High School class of 1973 and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1978 with a BS from the College of Engineering. He married Susan Blees on Oct. 16, 1976 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lived in Fishers, Indiana, for the past 27 years and was employed by Lehigh Hanson Cement for 31 years as technical services manager for the North Region with offices in Carmel, Indiana. He received his Professional Engineering License in 1983 from the State of Nebraska.

Previous positions were at Concrete Industries/Nebco Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska, as concrete testing lab manager, and Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri, as a civil and environmental engineer. Grisinger was an active member of the American Concrete Institute and served on the Board of the Indiana Chapter of ACI for 27 years. His hobbies were golfing, designing and building projects for home and beyond and enjoying sports as a spectator with his wife. He loved teaching others many things (grandkids, daughters, son-in-law, wife and anyone who needed certification). He enjoyed Star Trek and similar entertainment genres.

Grisinger is preceded in death by his grandparents, Grisinger and Haecke, his father-in-Law, Robert Blees, and one brother, Bill Grisinger.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Grisinger of Fishers; two daughters, Sarah McComb (Gary) of Indianapolis and Kathryn "Katie" Grisinger of Fishers; four grandchildren, Ethan Thomas and Lucy Mae McComb of Indianapolis, Kira Ashley Hoffman and unborn grandson of Fishers, Indiana; mother-in-law Donna Blees of Alma, Nebraska, and brother-in-law Rex Blees of Phoenix, Arizona; his mother, father, sister and brother from the Omaha, Nebraska, area.

Grisinger was just the right husband for Susan for nearly 39 years and devoted father to his girls. His grandkids were the sunshine in his day. Grisinger was a tenacious, loyal employee and provider for his family. In 1973, Grisinger became a Bible-believing Christian by putting his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for his eternal salvation.

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