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Thomas Eleson

February 20, 1953 - March 30, 2021


Boulger Funeral Home

Thomas Eleson

February 20, 1953 - March 30, 2021


Thomas Lee Eleson was born on February 20, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska and left us on March 30, 2021 in Fargo, North Dakota.

He was born to Marie and Irwin Eleson. His early life was spent with his parents and four siblings (Linda, Cindy, Bill and Charity) on a farm in western Iowa where his dad was the pastor at a country church. It was there that Tom developed his first love for music, which began to mature when the family went on the road for a period of time and Tom’s father preached at various churches in the south and Midwest, and the kids and Marie provided the musical program. Tom started by singing and playing hymns on his coronet—not his instrument of choice—and the piano, but later, in his teens during the 60s, graduated to the guitar, the instrument that would become one of the ways he was able to express himself to the world. A dreamer and a creative, Tom played for friends and family the music of the artists he loved—Neil Young, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Jim Morrison and Leonard Cohen—and later began to write his own songs and play in bands when he had the opportunity.

In the seventies he spent time traveling with friends and in the late seventies, he served in the military and was based in Europe. Then, in 1981, in a chance encounter on a Greyhound bus, Tom met his love, Cindy Smelser. Cindy was his ballast and gave him a home for his heart. Tom and Cindy married in 1981 and lived in Missoula for a time, but later moved to Sidney where they lived for several decades. Tom worked at various jobs including those he held at Border Steel and Richland Opportunities, Inc., but it was music that called to him as a vocation and was the thread that continued to weave through his life.

While in Sidney, Tom and Cindy raised two wonderful children, Katyana and Tevis. Tom loved his family fiercely and with all his heart, and he felt like the luckiest man that they loved him. He was joyful when the family expanded to include Jake Weidenman (Katy’s husband) and Katy and Jake’s three darling children, Onezime, Eletta and Ismae. Even though he knew he stumbled, they were there to hold him up and hold his hand. A final farewell to everyone he loved and the life he leaves behind from one of the songs Tom wrote: “I will always love you, no matter what we have behind us, I will always love you, when planets are just dust.”


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9 responses to “Thomas Eleson”

  1. Judi Hoefle says:

    What a beautiful eulogy. My heart is with you in this time of loss and I know that Tom loved and was loved, which is what we all hope for inner lives. God be with you through this journey.

  2. Tammy Beyer says:

    God bless you all. We’re so sorry for your loss. We love you all and know what a difficult time this is. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Paulette Weiser says:

    The love and support of many people surround you. May the music that Tom loved help heal you and continue to express his love for his family. You all are in my heart!

  4. Tamara and Michael Larson says:

    Tom was a musical man with a great love for his family. Cindy may the Lord be with you and your family during this time of loss. Blessed are they will morn for they shall be comforted. Matthew5:4

  5. Theresa Smelser says:

    God’s blessings to your entire famly in celebration of Tom’s life! Sending prayers and love to your family!

  6. Curt and Floy Saville says:

    The Lord’s blessing during this time.

  7. Mike and Beth Correll says:

    Dear family all. Our beautiful, loving Lord is holding you all in his great arms. His ways and love are not always understood by us, but his will is so perfect for us all here on earth. A prayer. “Precious Lord, take their hand, lead them on, let them stand, they are tired, they are weak, they are worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead them on to the Light. Take their hand, precious Lord, lead them home! Amen.
    With love,
    Aunt Beth and Uncle Mike

  8. Lee and Jacquie Pourroy says:

    Thinking of your family. As I read the eulogy, I remember Jason in his room playing on his guitar, songs Tom had taught him.
    My peace be with you our neighbor.

  9. Wanda weiser says:

    So sorry for your loss. Love you

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