CHENOA — Thomas E. “Tom” Krones, 91, of Chenoa, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14, 2019) at Heritage Health, Bloomington.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chenoa, with Father Carl LoPresti presiding. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass, and inurnment will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, Chenoa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday also at the church with a rosary being recited at 3:30 p.m. A second visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. the morning of the funeral at the church. Memorials may be made in Tom's name to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Chenoa, or the Chenoa Public Library. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is assisting the family with arrangements.
Tom was born on Nov. 19, 1927, in Danforth, a son of Joseph and Marie Reilly Krones. He married Lois M. Lambert on Nov. 26, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Joseph, Chenoa; Kevin (Lisa), Gridley; Mark (Kathleen), Carterville; and Julie, Minneapolis, Minn.; one brother, Steven (Patty) Krones, Gilman; two sisters, Helen (Gene) Bruens, Watseka, and Kathleen (Bob) Manahan, Gilman; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild coming in October.
He was educated at Illinois State University, Normal, where he received his bachelor's degree in physical education and master's degree in administrative education. He was a teacher, coach and principal of Cropsey Grade School from 1959 until 1967, principal of Chenoa Grade School in 1967 until 1989, and was the assistant regional superintendent of McLean, DeWitt and Livingston counties from 1989 until his retirement in 1995.
Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army from December 1950 until December 1952 and achieved the rank of corporal. He served proudly as a cook and a baker.
He was a dedicated Catholic and became a 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion Post 234, the Illinois Principal's Association, McLean County Retired Teachers Association and many other educational associations. He was a Boy Scout leader and was awarded the Silver Beaver. He had his hand in many things throughout the Chenoa community and will be remembered by many.