LASALLE — Thomas J. Wagner, 70, of LaSalle passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
Tom was born Dec. 31, 1949, in LaSalle to Robert and Mildred (Barber) Wagner. He was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School, Class of 1967. He attended Illinois Valley Community College before enlisting with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968. He served at The Rockpile, Dong Ha, Hill 691, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1979 in which he served as superintendent of postal operations and twice served as officer-in-charge of the Peru office, and then retiring in Streator.
Tom was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and without a doubt the biggest fan Bob Dylan ever had! He would talk about his radio broadcasting days at WDUK-FM in Havana. He cherished his Peru Little League coaching years with Charlie Schmollinger, especially coaching the 1993 12-year old All-Stars to the state championship game. He never forgot his times working and playing alongside his postal friends, Jerry Harris and Jack Kovatch, who were always in his heart even after retirement. His canine friends brought unmeasurable happiness and healing to him.
Tom is survived by Patricia Brokaw, with whom he made his home; three children, Shari (Michael) Grimes of Port Richey, Fla., Kirk (Lindy) Wagner of Cameron, Texas, and Elizabeth (Ryan) Radtke of Peru; two brothers, Edward (Mary Ann) Wagner of Montgomery and David Wagner of Peru; seven grandchildren, Ashley (Anthony) Spanos, Thomas Finn Wagner, Hadley Wagner, Gibson Wagner, Amelia Scout Wagner, and Eleanor and H Rock Radtke; two great-grandchildren, Carter Baxter and Evelyn Spanos; nieces and nephews; and friends who are really family — Michael and Jean Radtke of Peru.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Anthony Wagner; and one niece, Samantha Gaughan.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle with the Rev. Jeremy Lueck, pastor of Oglesby Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in Peru City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the funeral home. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service Friday.
Memorials may be directed to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 284, Peru, IL 61354.
Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.hurstfuneralhomes.com.