THOMAS E. MARLOW, 88, of Arcola, IL passed away at 6:47 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, AZ.
Funeral service will be held at Noon on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola, IL. Rev. Vince Rohn will officiate. Burial with military rites will be held in the Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M until service time on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home.
Tom was born on October 20, 1926 in Salem, IL. He was a son of Rola and Blanche Rosamond (Mulvaney) Marlow. He married Bernice (Stewart-Brown) on June 25, 1988 in Arcola, IL. She passed away on November 23, 2013.
Tom is survived by one daughter, Linda Gaarder and her husband Ron of Tucson, AZ; four sons, Thomas H. “Pete” Marlow and his wife Lynn of Fisher, IL, Jeffrey A. Marlow and his wife Patty of Sullivan, IL, David E. Marlow and his wife Alicia of Hartland, WI and Paul W. Marlow and his wife Judy of Auburn, IN; one step-daughter, Nadean “Polly” Knipe of Tampa, FL; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry D. Marlow and his wife Cathy of Collinsville, IL and Danny Marlow and his wife Brenda of Conyers, GA; four sisters, Hilda Bisel of Salem, Helen Chapman of Centralia, IL, Christine Blondi of Benton, IL and Mary Kay Humrichouse and her husband Don of Eldora, IA and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Marlow of Loveland, CO and Lenore Jones of Sessor, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bernice, two brothers, Miram “Jess” Marlow and Darrell Marlow and a great-grandson, Zachary Padilla.
Tom was a Navy Veteran of WWII having served as a torpedo’s mate on the USS Skate, SS 305 Submarine. He enlisted at the age of 17 and after WWII he graduated from Salem High School in 1947.
Tom had worked for Skelgas in Salem, IL, distributing LP bottles and later as an appliance salesman. In 1959 he went to work at USI in Tuscola, IL and he retired from there as a machinist with over 30 years of service.
After he retired he and Bernice spent winters in Tucson, AZ and had many good friends there.
Tom was a member of the Arcola United Methodist Church and the Arcola VFW.
Tom was very devoted to his family and always enjoyed spending time with them. He had a special bond with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Arcola United Methodist Church or the Arcola VFW.