SPRINGFIELD, IL - Thomas L. Armstead, 77, died at 12:41 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Springfield, to Thomas M. and Zella Germann Armstead. He married Janet F. Casey on March 21, 1954, and she survives.
Also surviving are three daughters: Barb (Tim) Call of Springfield, Linda (John) Kulek of Springfield and Karrie (Brad) Long of Rochester; two sons, Mike (Therese) Armstead of Rochester, Minn., and John Armstead of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three nieces.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Donna Fischer.
He attended Lincoln Land Community College and graduated from the National Fire Academy. He was a member of Fire Fighters Local 37; Springfield Association of Retired Firefighters; Associated Firefighters of Illinois Eagle Aerie #437; Knights of Columbus #364, where he was a 4th degree Knight and trustee; St. Joseph's Home Board of Directors; and volunteered at St. Joseph's Home for many years. He was a member of Christ the King Church. His greatest hobby was spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time in Florida.
Thomas retired as Chief of the Springfield Fire Department after 28 years of service. He served as Illinois State Fire Marshall for 10 years, retiring in 2001.
Visitation: 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home where an Honor Guard will be posted by the Springfield Fire Department and the Knights of Columbus.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Christ the King Church with Msg. David Lantz, the Rev. Philip Kraft and Deacon Al Laabs concelebrating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to: St. Joseph's Home or the
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