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Thomas J. Neill - 82

2/19/1938 - 7/14/2020

Clinton, IA

     Thomas J. Neill, 82, of Clinton, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 after a courageous, four-month battle with cancer.  Honoring his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family graveside service will be held Saturday, July 18th at St. Irenaeus Cemetery with military rites by the Amvets.  A Memorial Mass will take place at Prince of Peace Church at a later date.  Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.   

 

     Tom was born on February 19, 1938, in Walthill, Neb., the sixth child of George and Laura (Kessinger) Neill.  He graduated from Walthill High School in 1956 and joined the Army, serving his country in post-war Korea from 1956-1958.  After his time in the military, Tom came to Clinton and took a job working for the Postal Service, where he was employed for 32 years.  He retired in 1992.  Soon after arriving in Clinton, Tom met and fell in love with the woman who would be his wife of 57 years, Barbara Stuedemann.  They married on September 16, 1962 at Sacred Heart Church in Clinton. 

 

     Tom was an active member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and served on the St. Irenaeus Cemetery Board for many years.  To know him was to be his friend—he never met a stranger and was known for his awesome hugs.  He enjoyed playing cards with his post office friends for nearly 50 years.  In recent years, he looked forward to his daily coffee hour with his coffee buddies at HyVee and Sweetheart Bakery.  Tom and Barb enjoyed traveling the United States extensively and celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Ireland.  They also loved to attend plays and concerts.  Most of all, Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was so proud of them all. 

 

     Survivors include Barbara and three children, daughter Dr. Theresa (Brent) Woods of West Lafayette, IN, son Todd Neill of Peoria, IL, and daughter Tina (Tony) Neill-Hudson of Iowa City.  Tom and Barbara have six loving grandchildren who adored their Papa—Jason Woods of Bloomington, IN, Dr. Justin Woods of Chapel Hill, NC, Bryan Neill of Dekalb, IL, Ethan Hudson, Kylie Hudson and Sydney Hudson of Iowa City, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers and one sister.  Memorials can be made in Tom’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family graveside service will be held Saturday, July 18th at St. Irenaeus Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will take place at Prince of Peace Church at a later date.

11 Comments

  • Jerry and Gail Kruse

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Our sympathies to Tom's family, his wife Barb is our church organist and Tom would come many times with her to church, he was always such fun to talk with and we will miss him very much. My husband worked with atom at the Post Office and we loved his sense of humor. Our prayers to Barb, Theresa, Todd, Tina and families. He will be missed.

  • Louise Crouse

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I am sorry to learn of Tom's death. I know he was loved by family and friends and will be missed. The gentle and loving care from his wife and children helped him through life as it has helped so many others. May God comfort you and wrap you in His loving arms as you all moved through this difficult times.
  • Nancy and Mike White (Neill)

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Aunt Barbara, Theresa, Todd, and Tina,

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was last of a great family. I will hold all of the memories that we had when your family would visit our home in Maine. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 
    Love you Nancy and Mike

     

  • Deb and Bob Goodell

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's entire family.  He was a wonderful man and we know he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. May God give you all a sense of peace in this time of grieving.

  • Nancy and Mike White (Neill)

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Aunt Barbara, Theresa, Todd, and Tina,

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was last of a great family. I will hold all of the memories that we had when your family would visit our home in Maine. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 
    Love you Nancy and Mike

     

  • Nancy and Mike White (Neill)

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Aunt Barbara, Theresa, Todd, and Tina,

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was last of a great family. I will hold all of the memories that we had when your family would visit our home in Maine. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 
    Love you Nancy and Mike

     

  • Nancy and Mike White (Neill)

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Aunt Barbara, Theresa, Todd, and Tina,

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was last of a great family. I will hold all of the memories that we had when your family would visit our home in Maine. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 
    Love you Nancy and Mike

     

  • Laura (Speakman) Vogel

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    So very sorry to hear the sad news! My thought and prayers are with Barb and family!
  • Richard Grugin

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    My sympathy to Tom's family.   He was a supportive parent and great neighbor of Lyons Middle School.   I'm guessing Todd learned some of his antics from his dad, but also his compassion.   Hello to Tina and Theresa, too.   Mr. Grugin 

  • Tina (Speakman) & Duane Willhite

    3 weeks, 5 days ago

    We just got the news of Tom's courageous battle and recent passing. Duane and I are absolutely saddened and at the same time know that Heaven gain a guardian angel.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barb, Todd, Theresa, Tina and their families. May the Lord circle his arms around you as you move through this difficult time.

  • Dana Spier

    2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I was so sorry to hear about Tom I was planning on coming back to church and choir but got waylaid by a double mastectomy and haven't had much pep if there anything I can do for you please let me know. You are in my prayers every nite much love Dana

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