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Thomas Neal Harrigan

June 9, 1949 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Thomas Harrigan Obituary

   Thomas Neal Harrigan, 74 of Danville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at his home, surrounded by those he loved. A memorial visitation will be on Friday, October 27th from 4-7pm at Kruger Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street in Danville. A memorial service will follow at 10:30am on Saturday, October 28th at The Church of The Holy Trinity, 308 N. Vermilion Street in Danville with Father Richard Lewis officiating. 

    Tom was the baby of the family, born on June 9, 1949 in Danville to George and Gladys (Miles) Harrigan; both now deceased. He attended Cannon Grade School, East Park Middle School, and Danville High School, graduating in 1967. Tom went on to attend Murray State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and later the University of Illinois where he began grad work. Tom was a music teacher and director, retiring in 2008 after over forty years in education. He worked at many schools throughout the years including Catlin Schools, Ridgway Community School, Schlarman, Ridge Farm, Westville, North Ridge, and Danville High School.

   Tom was passionate about music. He played the organ at Danville United Church of Christ and Church of The Holy Trinity for forty-seven years. Tom played in many bands throughout the years including Freddy and The Freeloaders and Doc Ashton and The Root Canals. He enjoyed being in productions with Danville Light Opera and Red Mask Players.  Tom followed in his father’s footsteps as director of the Danville Municipal Band, where he also played the French horn. Tom liked to play a round of golf with his friends, take the boat out on the lake, and get in the car with Linda and drive; wherever the road took them was where they went. He also enjoyed traveling to see his grandchildren in all of their activities. Tom was an avid Cubs fan and was blessed to sing the National Anthem at one of their games in 1990.   

   Tom married Linda Bublick on May 11, 1968 in Murray, KY and the two have shared the past fifty-five years together. He leaves behind the love of his life Linda; two children: Shelly (Michael) Simpson and Geoffrey (Stephanie) Harrigan; six grandchildren: Alexandra Simpson, Ashley Simpson, Drew Harrigan, Jack Harrigan, Owen Harrigan, and Ella Harrigan; his older brother Ken (Jean) Harrigan; and his nephews: Chris (Jennifer) Harrigan , Mike (Sheryl) Harrigan, and David (Debbie) Harrigan. Being the people person that he was, Tom has too many friends to possibly list, but please know how much he enjoyed everyone in his life.

   Messages and memories may be left on our website at, or on the Kruger Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials may be made in Tom’s name to Multiple Myeloma Foundation, The Church of The Holy Trinity, or any local Animal Shelter of your choosing.

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October 27, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kruger Funeral Home & Crematory
10 E. Williams St.
Danville, IL 61832


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