|Thomas E. Welsh|
WILMINGTON-Thomas E. Welsh, 66, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, following a dignified battle with ALS.
Born Oct. 16, 1947 in Morris, Thomas Edward was a son of William Sr. and Charlotte (Dare) Welsh. He was raised in Custer Park, where he attended Custer Grade School and graduated from high school in Braidwood with the class of 1965. Tom honorably served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. On June 19, 1976, Tom married Sandra Nicol in St. Rose Catholic Church, and together they made their home and raised their family in Wilmington. Tom's employment included working at Hickory Creek Supermarket for 15 years; he owned and operated Wilmington Cleaners for 25 years and retired in 2009 from Mobil after 27 years of service. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, the American Legion, Wilmington Moose Lodge, Braidwood Recreation Club, and the Arbor Association. Tom was a past board member of St. Rose School and belonged to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Retailers and Clerks Association and the Dry Cleaners Association.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sandy; three children: John Welsh, David (Kelli) Welsh and Katelyn Welsh; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jack and Doris Nicol; brother, William Jr. (Brenda) Welsh; sister, Bonnie (Bill) Tenn and sister-in-law, Barb (Doug) Rink, all of Wilmington; nieces and nephews: Calvin and Jordan Rink, Melissa Bianchini, William "Bopper" Welsh and William and Steven Tenn, as well as his dear friend, Becky Robertson.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation and video tribute will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m. and again Saturday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington.
Funeral services will follow Saturday at 11 a.m. in Saint Rose Catholic Church, 604 S. Kankakee St. in Wilmington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Rev. John Hornicak and Rev. Steve Bondi officiating.
A private family burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Tom's memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481; The Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 or to Unity Hospice, 700 S. Clinton St., Suite 210, Chicago, IL 60607.
Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.BaskervilleFuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.