Thomas Martin Harbaugh (1944 - 2011)

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Thomas Martin Harbaugh, 67, of Palmyra, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2011, at his residence in Palmyra.

He was born on May 22, 1944, to Verner and Rosemary (Roemer) Harbaugh in Alton. He graduated from Northwestern High School, class of 1962 and later graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, class of 1971. Thomas married Sue Ellyn Tongate on Nov. 21, 1967, in Palmyra.

Thomas was a Vietnam veteran serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Dickey-John Corp. in Auburn for 13 years. Thomas retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2006. He was Sgt. of Arms for Palmyra American Legion Post 1034 and a member of the Chatham VFW Post 4763. He loved to fish, golf, hunt and cook.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Sue Ellyn; mother, Rosemary (Roemer) Harbaugh of Bloomington; son, Eric Harbaugh (Sarah) of Palmyra; daughter, Wendy Turner (Wade) of Waverly; three granddaughters, Alyssa and Alicyn Harbaugh and Madison Charles; grandson, Gabe Rothe; two brothers, Paul Harbaugh (Jo) of Normal and Mark Harbaugh (Connie) of Mohomet; and a sister, Verna Kay (Harold) Rich of Greenfield. He was preceded in death by his father, Verner Harbaugh; and brother, Gene Harbaugh.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard, with the Rev. Jim Percy officiating. A visitation will follow at noon and be held at the Modesto Community Building. Memorials may be made to the Palmyra American Legion Post 1034 or Memorial Tree at Terry Park Golf Course. Online condolences can be given at
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Dec. 29, 2011
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