PEKIN ~ Tom Margetich, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 2:43 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Born June 22, 1926 in Mystic, Iowa to Tom and Dragica “Caroline” (Licae) Margetich, he married Christina E. Heaton on July 10, 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona. She died December 7, 2003 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by two sons, Norman Dennis “Denny” Margetich and Thomas D. Margetich; and one daughter, Caroline Margetich; three brothers; and two sisters;
Surviving are two daughters, Noreen Margetich of Springfield and Louise (Bill Martin) Lykins of North Pekin; two daughters-in-law, Debbie Margetich and Linda Margetich; eight grandchildren, Scott (Ashley Sheehan) Lykins, Robin (Denny Denham) Garrison, Joe (Dawn) Margetich, Dawn (Sean) Danner, Troy (Jill) Margetich, Heather (Joe Bennett) Margetich, Christina Lykins and Tommy (Jill Crawford) Margetich; eleven great-grandchildren, Tyler Lykins, Amber Garrison, Jake Rowe, Nick Rowe, Brandon Margetich, Mikal Margetich, Bryce Danner, Annissa Danner, Angie Margetich, Jaelyn Toms and Tobias Crawford; and four great-great-grandchildren, Kylie Moore, Joseph Moore, Iris Margetich and Lilly Margetich. He also was looking forward to the birth of his twelfth great-grandchild in May 2013.
Tom had served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses North Congregation in Pekin.
A member of the Teamster's and Chauffers Union Local 627, he had worked as a truck driver for nine years. He previously had worked at Caterpillar, Inc.
Tom was a member of the Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1232 in Pekin, the Disabled Veterans of America and an associate member of the Vietnam Veterans of Illinois.
Tom and his wife, Christina, were very active in veterans issues. They traveled the country advocating for POW/MIA issues.
His memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Brother Mario Santanna will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.