Thomas Joseph Brown (1936 - 2018)

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  • "I had the privilege of working with Tom back in the DARE..."
    - Victor Morris
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    - Joe lester
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Thomas Joseph Brown, 81, of Vandalia, passed away at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at his home.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 location, Vandalia, with the Rev. Robert Weaver officiating. At the request of Tom and his family, his body will be cremated after services. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until time of services on Friday at the church. Memorials: Vandals Sports Boosters or Fayette County Cancer Fund. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Brown was born in Old DuQuoin on June 13, 1936, the son of Thomas E. and Agnes L. (Flauaus) Brown. He married Jane A. Cheek on Dec. 30, 1956; she preceded him in death on June 3, 2015.
After their marriage, Tom and Jane moved to Chicago, then to the suburb of Lombard, where they lived for approximately 13 years. Due to Tom's change in profession, in 1971, the family made the move to Vandalia. Other than raising four children with his wife, Tom was a master sergeant for the Illinois State Police for more than 27 years, retiring in 1995. While employed by the state of Illinois, Tom was also a D.A.R.E. coordinator, even traveling to the Phillipines in order to inform others and expand the organization. After retirement, Tom became a bus driver for Vandalia Community Schools for nearly 20 years. Tom was an avid golfer and enjoyed being a clock keeper for Vandalia Community Schools' sporting events for 37 years. He was a member of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. of Vandalia, AINAD Shriners, Vandalia Country & Golf Club and Fraternal Order of Police-Illinois Troopers Lodge No. 41.
He is survived by his daughters, Krystal and husband Greg Hohlt of Vandalia, Stacy and husband Tim McMillan of Vandalia, and Micki and husband Scott Durbin of Vandalia; son, Tom Brown and wife Paige of Waterloo; sister, Leona Bullock of DuQuoin; grandchildren, Kristoffer Taylor and wife Michelle, Brett Taylor and wife Mindy, Brianne and husband Jason Garner, Erin and husband Steve Sash, Caitlin and husband Adam Reinhold, Marion Brown and wife Brandy, Terre Brown, Devin Durbin, Mike Durbin, Chris Durbin and wife Amanda, Madison Brown, Nathan Brown, and Luke Hohlt and wife Megan; great-grandchildren, Zoe, Ally, Natalie, Kynley, Sylas, Mabry, Ava, Kinsley, Caroline, Dakira, Sloan, Zach, Justin, Zane, Bentley and Briar; nephew, Mark Bullock and wife Jean of DuQuoin; and niece, Debbie and husband Dwayne Burns of DuQuoin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Feb. 20 to Feb. 28, 2018