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Thomas E. "Tom" Dehler
April 25, 1954 ~ August 6, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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GALESBURG – Thomas E. “Tom” Dehler, 69, of Galesburg, formerly of Galva, died Sunday, August 6, 2023 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 9 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at Galva Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
He was born April 25, 1954 in Moline, the son of Harold and Elsie (Tarrant) Dehler. He married Connie Freed on November 27, 1982 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galesburg, his children; Geoffrey (Nicole) Dehler of Mahomet, IL, Nikki (Andy) Lanxon of Sheffield and Whitney (Nick) Hanlon of Dunlap, IL, his siblings, Fred (Brenda) Dehler of Bishop Hill and Marcia (Steve) Johnson of Galesburg, a sister-in-law, Becky (Tim) VanDeVelde of Dahinda, his seven grandchildren; Morgan, Caleb and Lydia Dehler, Owen Lanxon and Brooks, Caden and Cameron Hanlon and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Tom grew up in Galva and graduated from Galva High School and attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL and received his BS in Business Administration. He had worked as Sales Manager for G&M Distributors in Galesburg, retiring after over 40 years of service. He had attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Tom was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed trips to Busch Stadium and had wanted to visit all 30 MLB stadiums. He enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all he loved creating memories with his kids and grandchildren that they will cherish forever.