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Thomas J. Merlock

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Merlock, Thomas J. Age 71, of Waukegan, passed away on Monday, January 27, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones at Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan. Tom courageously battled lung cancer for 10 years and passed away due to complications of the disease. Tom was born on August 11, 1942 in Waukegan to John and Victoria (Jappel) Merlock and grew up in North Chicago. He graduated from North Chicago Community High School and attended Marquette University. After having served in the United States Marine Corp, Tom joined the family-owned, service station business, Merlock's Amoco, in Waukegan. He was a past Grand Knight and a lifetime member in the Knights of Columbus, enjoyed fishing, and was a die-hard Cubs fan. Tom's sense of humor and self-proclaimed good looks will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his best friend and wife, Candace (Finn); four children: Thomas L. (Lily) Merlock, Kristen (Christopher) Weihs, Denise (Randy) Kleiboer, and Kathryn (Juan) Cervantes; two step-daughters, Lisa Strang and Lori Strang; 13 grandchildren: Evan, Trevor, and Jake Merlock; Ally, Ashley, Adam, and Anderson Weihs; Hunter, Madelyn, and Kylie Kleiboer; and Holly, Antti, and Noah Cervantes; and three step-grandchildren: Jaxson Strang, Dylan Kleiboer, and David Cervantes. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Victoria Merlock; brother, John Merlock; and sister, Lauretta Opeka. Friends may visit the family on Thursday, January 30, from 6:00pm until the time of the memorial service at 7:00pm, with military honors following at the Salata Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Tom's memory be made to the , Lake County Regional Office, 100 Tri-State International #125, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Please sign our online guest register book at www.SalataGurneeFuneralHome.com.

Published in the Lake County News Sun from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2014
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