Thomas “Tom” Stone, 70 of Danville, left us unexpectantly on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at his home. Per his wishes, he was cremated and a memorial visitation is planned from 12-3pm on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Central Christian Church, 1101 N. Vermilion Street in Danville. A Celebration of Life will begin at 4pm at the church, once the family has had a short break. Current CDC and IDPH guidelines will be strictly enforced regarding social distancing, masks, and allowable numbers.
Tom was born on January 20, 1951 in Frenchburg, KY to Thomas and Geraldine (Caskey) Stone. He attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and Purdue University where he received his Civil Engineering Degree. Following graduation, he moved on to John Marshall in Chicago where he worked towards his Law Degree while simultaneously working in Engineering. He also attended Rosary College in Chicago during this time. He then went on to be Director of Public Works in Franklin Park, where he was recruited and moved to Danville in 1991 as City Engineer and Director of Public Works. Tom moved on to work at WTH in Indianapolis in 1999, where he remained until 2002 when he found a position closer to home at Danville Sanitary District as an Engineer/Operator.
Tom joined Central Christian Church in 2000 and became an active member, making the ice cream for the Annual Block Party, cooking the beans for the All Church Picnic, playing bass in the Praise Band, and holding positions of Elder and Church Treasurer throughout his time with them. He went through Leadership Danville and became very active in the Danville Community. Tom enjoyed his time on the Danville Public Library Board and the Zoning Committee before being elected as Ward 5 Alderman in 2009. He was also very active with the Danville Land Bank and Eastern Illinois Community Action, currently serving as their Acting Attorney. He also participated in Community Days annually. Tom enjoyed traveling, spending time with those he loved, cheering on the Bears, watching NASCAR (especially Jeff Gordon) and attending the Indy 500 the past 46 straight seasons. He was also the biggest Cubs fan ever.
Tom married Mary Lou Swansbro Tinder on February 2, 2002 and the two enjoyed Maui and Florida, where they traveled often to enjoy the beach. He also leaves behind three daughters Jennifer Loftus, Megan Drake and Tami (Randy) Wilson; five grandchildren: Avery & Ava Loftus, Whitney and Brady Wilson, and Carlie Craig; sister Terri (David) Price, and two nephews: Tom and David Price. He will also be greatly missed by his church family and the hundreds of friends he met throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom’s name to Central Christian Church or any charitable organization of the donor’s choice. Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.KrugerCoanPape.com, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page.
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