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Monday January 4th, 2021
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Thomas Edward Ohm

It is with our deepest regret and heaviest of hearts as a family we announce the departure of our loving husband and father Thomas Edward Ohm on December 24th, 2020.  With his family surrounding him, we said goodbye knowing and finding comfort in the fact that he would be greeted in heaven with open arms by his loving family and friends who have preceded him in death.

Tom was a devoted church member of the Lutheran faith and contributed to his community whether it was in Elmhurst, Peoria, Joliet, IL, or recently in Sun City, AZ.

As anyone who knew him knows, he was a mentor to many and a fine example of what it means to be a leader, loyal, and a hard-working individual. He not only influenced those he worked alongside, but he also instilled these values in his four children.

Tom worked in the beverage industry for 47 years starting at the bottom and rising to become a successful member of different executive management teams. He continued to find enjoyment after retirement and enjoyed the success he had working alongside his son Thomas on a daily basis building successful businesses within their community.

Tom was loved by many and leaves his adoring and strong wife Tamela Ohm to be supported by his sister Agnes Radabaugh Philleo (David Philleo), her sister Debra Moon (Wayne Moon), his children William Ohm (Brandi Ohm), Elizabeth Ohm, Thomas Ohm, Meredith Ohm (Andy Fitzgerrell), nieces, and grandchildren.

To celebrate his life, we ask those that loved him and knew him to continue on a daily basis to be kind to others as he was. Tom will be remembered for taking pride in his work, being strong in his beliefs, and being a loving husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and grandfather.

Visitation for Thomas will be held Monday, January 4, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home.   Private funeral services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.   Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, IL.   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Thomas’s name to Wounded Warriors or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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Tammy and family, it is with great sadness that Suzi and I are now just aware of Tommy's passing. We regret that you were unable to reach us and we apologize. No matter the miles between us, he was always a good friend as we enjoyed discussing past and current events when we talked, which was usually on our respective birthdays. If I were to recount all of the memories, it would take pages and pages and pages and because of our friendship, I met Suzi which is now 52 years strong. In the Book of Job 14:5 it says "A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and set limits he cannot exceed". Only God knows the answer as He sets the days, but his resting place is now with Jesus where there is no more sorrow and no more pain.

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Dale and Suzi Tellefsen Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

Deep sympathy to Tom's family on his passing. I went to York High School with Tom and we formed a long time friendship. He shared praise of his family with pride and love. One of his best traits was bringing people together for fun and great memories. Loyal, honest, hard working, and a great loving family man. Condolences to Tami and his family.

Marcia Seegers Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Tom and my brother Phil were the best of friends as I was growing up. After Tom became a 7up distributor I was able to work for him summers for 3 years while in high school. His route included the little towns of Schaumburg, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates and Roselle. Every summer I would come back to work and there would be a few new Dominics Foods, Jewels, 7/11s, gas stations etc. As we would drive from account to account we would listen to the Cubs on the radio. Tom was the biggest Cubs fan.. . as a businessman he hit it out of the park!! I worked for 7up in Dekalb during college- when I applied I said I had worked for Tom Ohm... I was hired on the spot!
Deepest Sympathy for the Ohm family, I will miss Tom but cherish the memories I have of him.

David N Bus Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Sending our hugs and condolences from Dallas. Wounded Warriors will be receiving a contribution in Thomas's name. With much love
Dennis and Terrie

Terrie Fenton Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

While I didnt know Tom personally, I do know his daughter, Elizabeth. She and my son, Chris, were good friends in high school until his death in 2017. Elizabeth, I am so sorry for the deep loss you will always feel. You will learn to live differently but you will go on for yourself, your daughters and your family. You are a beautiful legacy to your dad and mom.
William, I want you to know that Chris thought you were so cool. You would give him rides to school and he appreciated that so much. You and Elizabeth are treasured memories for me.
Now, I will pray for you and your family. I will pray for peace in your hearts. Your dad was a good man. Hes with God now and you will see him again one day.
Sending you my love, Susan McFadden

Susan McFadden Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the Ohm family. I went to York HS with Tom. He was a good friend and we enjoyed seeing him at the reunions.

John Nickelson Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Tom for 12 years at 7UP and always enjoyed our conversations and treasured his advice. He was one of the nicest guy's. Prayers to his family.

Val Elenwood Schmidt Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

I knew Tom through 7up/DOSG. What a genuine man he was! Thoughts and prayers

Jenni Smrz Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers to the entire Ohm Family. Tom was, indeed, a good man. We were colleagues while at 7UP and Tom made me feel better about my carrying my work around in a box. We were trailblazers in that regard. But, Tom always had time for a chat or share advice. He was kind in the most competitive arena of the beverage industry. We lost a very, very good man and you now must carry on his legacy of such. Rest in peace, Tom, and thank you for sharing your kindness with so many.

Bob Vallera Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for the laughs, industry talk, and baseball games Tom. Watching the Cubs won't be the same without you and your humorous text messages (sent with gentle effect). Thank you for raising such an amazing daughter, and for feeling I was worthy enough to marry her. You'll be with us at all of the future baseball games.

Andy Fitzgerrell Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

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