ROCHELLE — Thomas Villa, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL.
Tom was born on March 7, 1935 to Manuel and Antonia (Manzano) Villa in Greeley, Colorado.
On Oct. 9, 1971, he married Shirley King in Rockton, IL. He served with the Army National Guard. Tom began his career as an A&P Produce Manager which led to his position as a Business Agent for United Food Commercial Workers Local 98 eventually becoming Local 1540. He retired in 1997as a VP of his Local.
Tom was very active in his community. He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club where he served as president two different times and was selected Kiwanis of the Year twice and received the Hixson Award, the highest award given.
He was also a member of the American Legion, serving as commander, the Cruisers Club, Rochelle Country Club and the First Presbyterian Church. Tom was a loving husband, an amazing Dad, Grandpa extraordinaire, avid golfer and enjoyed the opportunity to do for others.
Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley; five daughters: Cathy (Ron) McDermott of Polo, Lanet Erickson of Rochelle, Terri (Dave) Villa-Engelkens of Morrison, Michelle (Ryan) Villa of Moline, and Kerri (Boone) Villa-Nantz of Kings; eight siblings: Pat Frost of Rockfalls, Virginia (Rey) Mendoza of Aurora, Raymond Sr. (Christie) Villa of Maricopa, Arizona, Sally Hronek of Sterling, Sue Villa of Lakeland, Florida, Bob (Kris) Villa of Scottsdale, Arizona, Larry (Sheryl) Villa of Clinton, Iowa, and Albert (Jay) Villa of Sterling; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by two siblings: Joe Villa and Jenny Galloway.
The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle.
The funeral will be held at 10: a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the church with Pastor Doug Forsberg officiating. Burial will follow the service at Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle with military honors provided by the Eastern Lee-Ogle Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, Rochelle Kiwanis or Serenity Hospice and Home.
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