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Thomas Dale Throop of Du Quoin

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    Thomas Throop

updated: 11/6/2019 3:05 PM

DU QUOIN -- Thomas Dale Throop, 76, passed away at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at his home in Du Quoin, Illinois, surrounded by his wife and kids.

Tom was born on Feb. 11, 1943, in Woodhall, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Vivian (Johnson) Throop.

He married his bride and love of his life Patricia Ann Patterson on Sept. 30, 1961, in Percy, Illinois. Their happy-ever-after produced four beautiful children, Curtis Lee (Bridget) Throop of Steeleville, Tina Ranee Crum of Freeman Spur, Carol Jean (Shawn) Baldi of Freeman Spur and Angel Ann (Mitch) Cooper of Danville, Indiana.

Tom is Grandpa to 10 treasured grandbabies: Brandy Nichole Tripp; Heath Thomas (Coleen), Kristin Nicole and Travis Harold Crum; Jessica Ranee and Ashlyn Suzanne Baldi; and Jacob Ryan, Maddisen Lynna, Olivia Ruth and Ethan Thomas Cooper.

The joy of his retirement was his seven great-grandbabies, Connor, Kenlee, Korbin, Skyler, Lillyuana, Abigail, Tinsley and two great-grandgirls due soon.

He was a loving husband of 58 years who shared his profession of over-the-road truck driving with his bride, Pat, for over 36 years. He was a friend to everyone he met and enjoyed sharing stories of his life and his family. He loved spending time with his bride, his babies and all of his grandbabies. He also loved gardening, camping, fishing, being in the kitchen cooking for his family, sitting on the patio drinking coffee with his bride and watching his birds and squirrels.

He is survived by his bride, Patricia Ann Throop; his four beautiful children, his 10 treasured grandbabies; seven great-grandbabies; two sisters, Irene Thies and Mary Stork; one brother, Bill Johnson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Vivian Throop; father-in-law Willard Patterson; brother and sister-in-law Eugene and Janet Throop; half-brother Ora (Dink) Throop; and brothers-in-law Dean Patterson and Bill Royster.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville, with Pastor Doug Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the Cutler Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and from 7:30 a.m. Sunday until the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Wilson's Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. To sign the guest book visit