Thomas C. Huelsmann, 75, of Aviston died on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at his home.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 at Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston. The Aviston American Legion will walk through at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. A funeral Mass will be held on at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, with Father Dan Friedman and Monsignor William J. Hitpas officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1940 in Aviston to Kate (Korte) and Otto H. Huelsmann. He married Betty J. Schwierjohn on Aug. 21, 1965 at Immaculate Conception Church in Pierron, and she survives in Aviston.
Mr. Huelsmann was very community-oriented and involved with many organizations, including St. Francis Church in Aviston, the Aviston Chamber of Commerce, Centennial and Quasquicentennial Committees, Citizens for Aviston, the Men’s Sodality, Aviston School Board, Mater Dei School Board, Mater Dei Foundation and Capital Campaigns, St. Francis Pastoral Council, St. Francis Finance Committee, the Knights of Columbus Council 11110, Lumber and Materials Association, Cahokia Lumbermen’s, Illinois Young Lumbermen’s, FFA and the Clinton County Farm Bureau.
Mr. Huelsmann was also a licensed plumber and a veteran of the United States Army.
He enjoyed family vacations, golfing, taking day trips, scenic drives, part-time farming, yard work, playing cards with family and friends, and was an avid reader of trade magazines and local news. He had a lot of respect for other people and always instilled a calming atmosphere for the people he was with. He cherished anytime with his grandchildren.
Other survivors include his children, Sherry (Greg) Davis of Mason, Ohio, Craig (Kim) Huelsmann of Raleigh, Ill., Christopher (Janet) Huelsmann of Vancouver, Wash., and Brad Huelsmann of Highland; grandchildren, Kylie and Ashlyn Davis, Caleb and Colin Huelsmann, Adelaide Huelsmann, and Kori and Lynzie Huelsmann; sisters, Dolores (Cyril) Weis and Mary Jane (Sylvester) Middeke; a brother, Don Huelsmann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doris (Tom) Timmermann, Mary (Gary) Dulle and Dennis (Eileen) Schwierjohn; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Monica Huelsmann and Lucille Huelsmann; a sister-in-law, Janet Huelsmann; his mother-in-law, Loretta Schwierjohn; and father-in-law, Henry Schwierjohn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Church, Mater Dei High school, Heartland Hospice, or St. Vincent De Paul.