Thomas Ross Billeaux
Residence: Monticello, Indiana
Died: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Location: Monticello, Indiana
Age: 58
Date of Birth: Thursday, December 03, 1959
Birth place: Chicago Heights, Illinois
Father: Warren Thomas Billeaux  
Mother: Mary Lou (Ross) Billeaux  
Marital Status: Single
Resided in:
Funeral Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Funeral Location: Memorial Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Clergy: Rev. Judith Doll
Burial will take place: 1:00 p.m. (EDT) 12:00 (noon CST) on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Lambs Chapel Cemetery of LaPorte, Indiana. (6006 Fail Rd., LaPorte, IN 46350).
Visitation will be: 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Biographical Information: Thomas died suddenly with his sister and brother-in-law by his side. He was a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. Tommy developed an interest in cooking and food preparation at an early age. He worked at several restaurants during his high school years including the Red Barn, Ponderosa Steak house, the Tivoli Restaurant in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the Sheraton Hotel in Homewood, Illinois and other restaurants in the Southeast Chicago area. While in high school he received a gold medal in Illinois State Competition from the Kraft Culinary Food Challenge. After graduating from Homewood-Flossmoor High School he went on to study at Washburne Culinary Institute Chicago and graduated in 1977 with a degree in Chef of Culinary Arts. While in Chicago, his career there as a Chef included top professional positions at, among others, the Conrad Hilton Hotel and the Palmer House. After more than 15 years as a Chef in Chicago, Thomas relocated to Northwest Indiana where he was an Executive Chef at the Blue Chip Casino Resort, East Chicago, Indiana and after several years moved to Monticello, Indiana where he again applied his expertise as a superb Chef in the Skylight Room at Indiana Beach resort. For a while he also owned and operated a restaurant in Indiana on Lake Shafer, called the Pitt’s and later managing his seasonal food vending concession at regional fairs and other area venues where he was famously recognized for his wonderfully tasty BBQ baby back ribs and luscious German Apple Pancakes. During this time he also owned his own artisan wood carving business called Geppetto’s Wood Craft where he engaged in creating dozens of different, colorful species of fish and shore birds by hand sculpting these and other art novelties out of various types of wood and metal. Some of the these well-crafted works of art were transformed in to designer lamps, weather vanes and such and sold in local retail outlets, on the Internet, and at the farmers market in Lafayette, Indiana, along with his wall and table top sculptures. Early in his career he was recognized for his exceptional ice carvings which served as a transitional artistic bridge for his mastery in wood and meal creations. Chef Tom also sold his well-known soups, dinner entrees and famous biscotti at a number of art and craft show venues. For the past ten years, Chef Billeaux, also known as Big Chef Tom and Chef Ross, made and sold a proprietary blend of culinary spice blends. More than 30 such all naturally and artfully blended salt & sugar free seasonings were trademarked under the Chef T’s Brand, crafted by Chef Tom. His line of more than two dozen all natural herb butters were also marketed under the Chef T’s Brand. Tommy was an individual involved in many varied interests and disciplines. His innate curiosity and pursuit in these endeavors will be greatly missed in his absence by his family and all who had the fortune to know him, his gentle nature, spirited kindness, his helping hand, generosity, honesty, big voice, always friendly smile and most of all his passion of preparing outstanding one of a kind food fare and art creations.
Special Services:
Memorial Information: In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Indiana Donor Network in Thomas R. Billeaux name.
Marriage Information:
Survivors include:
Warren T. Billeaux;

Mary Hoffman;

Linda L. (husband William) Massey - Becker,
Patricia J. (husband Kenneth) Massey - Vanecek;

James R. (wife Maura) Billeaux;

Danielle Billeaux;

Tim Vanecek, Bob Vanecek, Justin Massey, Ross Massey, and Jousha Massey;

Several Cousins, Great Nieces and Great Nephews.

Preceded in Death:
Mary Lou Ross- Billeaux;

Roy J. Massey;

James R. Billeaux, Jr.
Arrangements by:
Miller-Roscka Funeral Home