Thomas Carey Moreland, age 60, passed away at home on Sunday, November 2, 2003, after a year long battle with cancer.
He was born in Eureka, Illinois on January 22, 1943 to Francis and Elizabeth Irions Moreland, who preceded their son in death several years ago.
In addition to his loving wife, Jane Ragel Moreland; Tom is survived by five sisters, Joy Koehler and husband Morris, Kathleen Mensen and husband LeRoy, and Jane Lance and husband Richard, all of Eureka, IL, Phyllis Fox and husband Donald of De Barry , FL, and Margaret Ambrose and husband Rev. Duane of Caseyville, IL; one brother, Donald and wife Judith of Peoria, IL, and his daughter, Nanci Blackstone and husband Stephen of St Louis, MO, who gave him two precious granddaughters, Katie and Emily, whose photographs decorated the MorelandÂs living room.
Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Third Army and received the Parachutist Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Good Conduct Medal during his tour of service.
After leaving active-duty, Tom enrolled at Southern Illinois University where he received his degree in 1969. After working for awhile in the civilian industry, Tom entered U.S. Government Service in 1980 as an engineer.
It was during his first tour of duty as the Base Civil Engineer at Camp John C. Hay, in Baguio City, Philippines, that he met and married his wife, Jane.
TomÂs last assignment was as a Project Manager for the U.S. Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence at Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
The public facts of a manÂs life do not begin to do justice to the inner character and true spirit that will carry-on after his passing. Tom was a devoted son and brother; a tireless worker, a demonstrative father and grandfather, and a tender, loving husband. He was compassionate towards strangers and encouraging to his friends and co-workers.
While his family and friends will shed tears at his passing, they will carry the reflection of his love within them. We will mourn the passing of a good man, but rejoice that we had him in our lives for the briefest of moments.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, San Antonio Metro 91, P.O. Box 291048, San Antonio, TX 78229.
Born: January 22, 1943
Place of Birth: Eureka, Illinois
Death: November 2, 2003
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