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Thomas Michael

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WASHINGTON - Thomas David Michael, 65, of Washington passed away peacefully at 2:13 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born on Dec. 30, 1948, in Washington to Joseph and Gladys (Goodwin) Michael. He married Doris Diane "Dee" Johnson on Dec. 10, 2010, in Galena. Dee survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Amanda (Rob) Baugous of Moline; one son, Christopher (Alicia) Michael of Colorado Springs; one stepdaughter, Stacey Johnson of Mackinaw; one sister, Patricia (Larry) Curless of Pekin; two brothers, Steve (Barbara) Gresham of Pekin and James (Kathy) Gresham of Decatur; and his four loving grandchildren, Charlie, Sammy, Christopher Jr. and Ethan.

Tom retired from the Peoria County Sheriff's Department, where he had worked for more than 15 years as a corrections officer. Prior to serving the Sheriff's Department, he had worked for International Paper over 20 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1967 to 1969.

Tom was a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and also cheered on the Bradley Braves and Dallas Cowboys. He loved to run and participate in 5K runs and other events. Tom enjoyed traveling, when he had the chance, and spoiling his dogs, Sadie and Abby.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Military rites will be accorded by the Tazewell Military Rites Team, following the Thursday service. At Tom's request, cremation rites will be accorded following all services.

Memorials for Tom may be directed to either TAPS or the American Brain Tumor Association.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 4, 2014
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