Thomas Earl Lawless, 87, of Quincy, IL, passed away at 8:51 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at The Church of St. Peter in Quincy. Father Zachary Samples will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Monroe City, MO.
Friends and family are invited to Thomas’s Life Celebration Visitation on Monday, August 8, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL.
Thomas was born May 18, 1935, in Hannibal, MO to Thomas S. and Ola Belle (Sterne) Lawless.
He was married to Judith Ann Stauder on October 27, 1962. They were married nearly 40 years. She survives.
Other survivors include six children, Thomas G. Lawless (Kimberly) of Pensacola, FL, Timothy Lawless (Polly Wheeler) of Quincy, IL, Amy Krohn (Kyle) of Quincy, IL, Alan Lawless (Tracey) of Quincy, IL, Sarah LeMaster (Byron) of St. Louis, MO, and Matthew Lawless (Jennifer) of Quincy, IL; ten grandchildren, Joshua Lawless (Kelsey), Madison Lawless, Bailey Lawless, Margaret Lawless, Nora Krohn, Evan Krohn, Anna Lawless, Robert LeMaster, Jack Lawless, and Joseph Lawless; three great-grandchildren, Allison Stephenson, Alyssa Stephenson, and Eleanor Lawless, plus one on the way; and numerous grand-dogs.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joshua Stephenson; and one sister, Catherine Lawless.
A 1953 graduate of McCooey High School in Hannibal, Thomas played football and was a member of the 1952 undefeated McCooey Shamrocks team. He loved to relive stories about playing against teams in St. Louis.
Thomas proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. He was called back to serve during the Berlin Crisis and served with Elvis Presley in the same unit of the 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) in Germany.
Thomas was employed at Gardner Denver for 41 years until his retirement from the stock room in 1997.
Thomas loved spending time with his family. While raising six children, he enjoyed grilling out on the weekends. A typical Sunday on Anderson Court began in church and proceeded with hours-long baseball sessions on the ball field at Madison School. Batting practice, fielding grounders, and catching fly balls were always on the agenda.
Music was another great love. Thomas played guitar and sang, while also enjoying others’ talents as a live music enthusiast. His passion for music was passed onto his family, and he thoroughly enjoyed watching his sons and grandchildren play in their respective bands. Music was always playing in his home and he loved Elvis, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Stones.
Following retirement, Thomas relished in his enthusiasm for travel, taking trips to Germany, New York/Atlantic City, Memphis, and his beloved Ireland. He was very proud of his Irish Heritage and was once overheard telling the nurses at the hospital during a St. Patrick’s Day hospital stay, “I’m the pride of Ireland!” Always with a sweet tooth, he enjoyed his cake and ice cream for dessert every night with his daughter Amy, who lovingly cared for Thomas in the last years of his life.
Thomas’s other major love in life was sports. He was a big New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and St. Louis Blues fan. He was a member of the QU Mart Heinen Booster Club and loved attending both QU and QND basketball games, but nothing beat watching the children in his family play sports. He loved the four-legged members of his family, too: his Miniature Schnauzer, Max, and his Basset Hound-Dalmatian mix, Buddy.
Thomas was a devout Catholic and a member of The Church of St. Peter, where he served as an usher. He also enjoyed volunteering for Quincy Catholic Charities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years, and he worked the chicken tent at the K of C Barbecue every summer.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Lawless, Evan Krohn, Robert LeMaster, Eric Lash, Jan Schroeder, and Kevin Krohn.
Honorary Pallbearers are Dale Clinging, and Jack and Joseph Lawless.
Memorial contributions may be made to Quincy Catholic Charities.
Online condolences may be shared and a video tribute may be viewed at www.odonnellcookson.com.
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