Mr. Tommy J. Line, 80, of Galesburg passed away peacefully at 8:12 p.m. on November 15 at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Julie Byrd (Kevin) and Jennifer Fisher (Shelly Myers), and grandchildren Lindsey Fisher, Sarah Fisher and Samuel Byrd.
Tom was one of three born in Galesburg to parents BC Line and Lucille Loveridge Line Brown. He is survived by brother and friend, John S Line of Knoxville, IL
Preceding him in death are his parents, a stepfather, Harry Brown, a brother, Dick Line, and a beloved sister-in-law, Jean Ann Line..
He grew up in Kelly Township farming with his Dad and brother, John. After high school, he married the love of his life, Nancy Majors Line, who celebrated 57 years of marriage, and continued farming until he moved into the Dairy Queen business. They first operated the Dairy Queen on Henderson Street in Galesburg, then owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Monmouth for the next 25 years. He always enjoyed his daily vanilla cone and loved all the employees and customers he got to know. After retirement, Tom was happy to leave the cold Illinois winters, finding many friends and activities at Marco Shores Estates in Naples, Florida. Tom was an active member of Coldbrook Christian Church, serving in many capacities over the years. Tom was a kind and gentle man and was a great friend and neighbor to many, always willing to lend a helping hand. To know him was to love him. Tom loved playing cards at family gatherings and always seemed to have the winning hand no matter what game was played. He especially loved poker with the guys. His favorite fishing spots were on the Illinois River and the Fox River in Wisconsin where he frequented with his wife and his brother. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Tom and Nancy looked forward to Thursday night supper club with dear friends.
Due to guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Drive-By Celebration of Tom's Life will be held 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020 at his Galesburg home. Please follow the arrows for traffic flow off of Tamarind Dr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coldbrook Christian Church, American Cancer Society, or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. Hinchliff Pearson West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Coldbrook Christian Church
1428 IL-164, Cameron IL 61423
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123