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KEWANEE – Thomas E. “Tom” Ahlgren, 85, of Kewanee, died at 2:37 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 7 at Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrants will be Msgr. Richard Soseman and Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Visitation Catholic School, the Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish or to Preferred Hospice.
He was born June 20, 1932 in Kewanee, the son of Herbert Elmer and Gertrude (Irwin) Ahlgren. He married Mary Elaine Baele on February 20, 1954 in Atkinson. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years of Kewanee, his four sons, Mark (Sue) Ahlgren of Kewanee, Brent (Marcia) Ahlgren of Geneseo, Greg (Angie) Ahlgren of Kewanee and Brad (Marianne) Ahlgren of Nashville, TN, a sister, Mary Ann Holevoet of Geneseo, nine grandchildren; Zachary (Cindy) Ahlgren, Cassie (Shawn) Strand, Lindsay (Eric) Blythe, Drew (Megan) Ahlgren, Jessica (Jacob) Urbanc, Jennifer (Jeramy) Hampton, Janelle (Eric) Gibson, Hailey Ahlgren (Jerrod Melton) and Paige Ahlgren, ten great grandchildren with 3 on the way; Cade Ahlgren, Colt and Madeline Strand, Lillian and Emmie Hampton, Aiden and Joslyn Urbanc, Gracen and RaeAnn Gibson and Alyse Melton and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Tom graduated from Neponset High School. He worked as a supervisor at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor for many years. He was a member of the Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and was Knight of the Year in the 1960’s and was a former member of the Flemish American Club. Tom enjoyed restoring wood furniture and was an avid card player and also enjoyed playing picks and bowling and was City Bowling Champion in 1962.