Thomas J. Romer, 85, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Decatur, IL.
Tom was born on August 31, 1932, at St. Clara’s Hospital in Lincoln, IL, to Roman C. and Dorothy (Davis) Romer and is a graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School and Western Illinois University. He is survived by his sons Thomas Romer of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Timothy (Bethany) Romer of Heyworth, IL and his two grandsons Timmy and Alex Romer.
Tom is also survived by his siblings, Joan Suycott of Verona, WI, Roman "Jim” Romer of Springfield, IL, Steve "Kibby” Romer of Dillon, CO. Richard "Dick” (Barbara) Romer of Springfield, IL and Joe (Emily) Romer of Pinecliffe, CO.
Tom married Marietta McCue of Elkhart, IL on September 26, 1966, and was happily married to her until her passing on June 30, 2013. Tom is also preceded in death by his parents, infant son John, sister Lynne Baylis and brother Robert "Bob” Romer.
After high school, Tom served in the United States Navy from 1952-1956. Tom was a proud citizen of Mt. Pulaski and was an active member and one-time commander of the American Legion Post #447 and served several terms on the Mt. Pulaski School Board. He was also an Eagle Scout. An avid supporter of the arts, Tom played trumpet in area community bands and was instrumental in reviving the Mt. Pulaski Community Band. He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church. He was most proud of his Dixie band The Vinegar Hill Brass. Tom also loved the Chicago Cubbies and passed this passion down to his sons.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. A rosary will be recited at 3:15 P.M. prior to visitation. The funeral will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will follow at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Illinois Down Syndrome c/o Team Alex Romer, The American Alzheimer’s Association, American Legion Post #447, or Mt. Pulaski Community Band.