Thomas Hay


Thomas Hay

Thomas Joe “Tommy Joe” Hay, 74, formerly of Anderson, passed away on Nov. 27, 2023, at Community North Hospital following an extended battle with Parkinson’s.

He was born Aug. 25, 1949, in New Castle, Indiana, to the late Thomas Jefferson and Mildred A. (Upchurch) Hay. He was a graduate of New Castle High School in the class of 1967. He went on to Anderson University where he earned degrees in elementary education and criminal justice.
He was a detective for Anderson Police Department for 38 years and retired in 2010. He was also a security guard at Roll Arena for 40 years.
He attended East Side Church of God. He was a member of Fellowship Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, journaling, weather watching, farming, and especially watching all of his grandchildren’s activities.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Farst) Hay of Fishers, whom he married on Aug. 15, 1970, in New Castle; three children, Rick (Amy) Hay of Arcadia, Angie (Jason) Miller and Alicia (Josh) Ahnert, all of Fishers; sister, Priscilla (Jerry) Hudson of Anderson; seven grandchildren, Maddie, Cooper, Cash, Levi, Hunter Merritt, and Dorothy; six nieces and nephews, Brian, Kelly, Jim, Kim, Debbie, Kathy, Kirk, and Lisa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Tony.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.