Thomas Whalen Jr., age 86 of Greenville, passed away Saturday evening March 13, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon IL.
Funeral mass will be Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 11:00 am. Father Hunter will officiate Mass. Visitation will be prior to mass from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the church. Masks and social distancing are required to attend. Interment will follow with military honors at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online www.donnellwiegand.com.
Memorials are suggested in the form of masses, to the Simple Room, or to the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.
Thomas Arthur Jr., the son of Thomas Arthur Sr. and Catherine Nola (Goertzke) Whalen, was born September 25, 1934 in Springfield, Illinois. Thomas grew up in Bond County, attended the local schools and graduated from Greenville High School. He served in the United States Army from 1954 until he was honorably discharged in 1956. After his service, Thomas worked for Pierce Feed Store for 5 years.
Thomas and Doreen (Lehn) were united in marriage on June 8, 1957 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville. Officiating was Father Enright. They have enjoyed 63 years together.
Tom was a Greenville Police Officer, serving our city from 1961 – 1965. He then worked for the United States Postal Service, carrying mail from 1965-1992. After retirement from the Greenville Postal Service, Tom worked 20 years for Bradford National Bank as a courier.
Thomas and Doreen have been active and faithful members of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church all of their lives; active in many ministries and always ready to volunteer wherever needed. Tom as a 4th degree and past Grand Knight (2004-2006) of the Knights of Columbus and was inducted into the Knights of Columbus Hall of Fame, long time member and past-president of the Greenville Lions Club. Tom helped to start meals-on-wheels and delivered for many years. He was also a past Jaycee, NARFE member and Greater Carlyle Bowling member as well as past treasurer and secretary. Tom was an avid bowler and had been bowling for more than 55 years. He was very proud to have bowled a 300 game and also being inducted into the Bowlers Hall of Fame. He enjoyed ringing the bells for the Salvation Army for many years and had donated more than 20 gallons of blood in his lifetime. Tom also taught first aid class for many years, was involved with St. Vincent DePaul and helped in making applebutter for the hospital auxiliary.
Tom and Doreen are the parents of Joan (Cary) Wells, Donna Jean Elam who preceded him in death, Mary (Gary) Korte and Theresa (Jim) Potthast. Loving grandfather to Tim (fiancé Ashlie) Wells, Adam (Elena) Wells, Sarah Wells, Sharon Elam, Cory Elam, Chad (Jessika) Korte, Jared Korte, Blake (fiancé Molly) Korte, Jamie (Jay) LoBello, Amanda (Kyle) Korte and Kaylee (Blake) Kreutzberg. Proud great-grandfather of 16.
He is also survived by siblings: James (Virginia) Whalen, John (Linda) Whalen, Robert (Donna) Whalen and Joe (Connie) Whalen.
Preceded in death by his parents, daughter Donna, brother Donald and a sister Joan Marie in infancy.
Tom enjoyed attending daily mass, bowling, volunteering, socializing, traveling and most of all spending time with his loving wife, his family and definitely bragging on the accomplishments of his grandchildren and showing off his pictures of his great grandchildren.