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NORMAL — Thomas Edward “Tom” Thacker Sr., 82, of Normal, passed away Friday (Jan. 2, 2015) at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Flanagan.

He was born April 6, 1932, in Ironton, Ohio, to John and Wilda Waddel Thacker. He married Sylvia Hobell on April 19, 1954, in Richmond, Ind.

Tom served his country in the Army Air Corps and the Navy Reserve. He was a member of the American Legion in Normal. He loved to play Texas hold ‘em and was a five-time trophy holder at Normal Senior Center.

Survivors include his children, Michael (Linda) Thacker, Minonk; Bruce A. Thacker, Normal; Jacelyn (David) Swehla, St. Louis; and William Thacker, Bonita Springs, Fla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Verla Young, Springfield, Ohio; and Thelma Muirhead, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Thomas E. Thacker Jr.; and sister, Patricia Gayle Herring.

His service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Linda Thacker will officiate. Entombment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Home Sweet Home Ministries, Bloomington, or Faith in Action, Normal.

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