Thomas E. Welsh|
Thomas E. Welsh, age 66 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 3rd, following a dignified battle with ALS.
Thomas Edward was a son of the late 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 US Army during the Vietnam Era, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Tom's employment included working at Hickory Creek Supermarket for 15 years; he owned and operated Wilmington Cleaners for25 years and retired in 2009, from Mobil after 27 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion, Wilmington Moose, Braidwood Rec 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 Sandy; children: John Welsh, David (Kelli) Welsh and Katelyn Welsh; 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.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 11th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and again Saturday, July 12th from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington (815-476-2181).
Funeral Mass will follow Saturday at 11:00 AM in Saint Rose Church, 604 S. Kankakee St. in Wilmington. A private family burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.
Preferred memorials may be made to Kuzma Care Cottage, The Arbor Day Foundation or to Unity Hospice.
Online guest book: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com
Published in The Herald-News from July 6 to July 9, 2014