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THOMAS ILG

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THOMAS ILG Thomas Ilg, of Los Alamos, New Mexico passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 2, 2012. He died while perusing his passion of photographing the ruins of the Jemez Mountains. He was born September 30, 1958 in Suffern, New York. He was graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980 with an engineering degree. He lived in the town of White Rock, with his wife Wendy, the love of his life, for 17 years. Tom was employed with the Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years where he worked as a mechanical engineer. He was an avid and accomplished photographer; he loved hiking, hockey, target shooting, scuba diving, traveling and his five feline buddies. Tom was in the Site Steward Interim Training program with Santa Fe National Forest. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Ilg of Owego, New York; his brother, Robert Ilg (Loretta) also of Owego, New York; and his sister, Ann Hill (Chip Hill) of Nichols, New York. His nieces: Virginia Fretto (Rob Fretto), Jacqueline Ilg (Brett), Jessica Ellenberger (Mike Ellenberger) and Heather Hill (Mark); and his nephew, Kristopher (Topher) Hill. His mother and father in-law, Charlie and Shirley DeBockler and Zach DeBockler of Tioga, Pennsylvania; his sister-in-law, Robin (Gerald) Crocker; his brothers-in-law: Scot (Sandra) DeBockler, and Todd (Mary) DeBockler; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Albert Ilg. Tom is also survived by numerous outstanding and loving special friends. His exceptional best friend, Bob Gentzlinger (brother) was the first to answer the call to search for his missing friend and one of the last to leave once Tom was found. His kindness and deep love for his good friend will be remembered always. Memorial services will be held at the Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, New Mexico on Thursday November 8th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom's name can be made to one of the following organizations: The Albuquerque Mountain Rescue (AMRC), Treasurer, PO Box 53396, Albuquerque, NM 87153; the La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Inc., 122 Twisted Juniper Road, Jemez Springs, NM 87025; or The Site Steward Foundation, Inc., PO Box 32224, Santa Fe, NM 87594. Tom's family will be eternally grateful for the dedication of the responders, and their valiant and skillful coordination of his rescue.

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