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Thomas E. DeRoo, 62, of Moline, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island surrounded by his children and loved ones.
Visitation is from 3 pm – 6 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. There will be a Memorial Service immediately following the visitation at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pheasants Forever or Alleman High School.
Tom was born on March 2, 1957 in Davenport, IA, the son of Gil W. and Mary Ann (Lennox) DeRoo.
He was a 1975 graduate of Alleman High School and 1980 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Turfgrass Management. Tom was a former groundskeeper at Short Hills Country Club and Pinnacle Golf Club and later worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a driver before his recent retirement. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, Westerns and John Wayne. Tom was kind hearted, had an infectious laugh, and never met a stranger.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Daniel Hensley, Rock Island; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Jaclyn DeRoo, Rock Island; step-son, Daniel Gradel, Dallas, TX; special friend, Chris Cervantes, Moline and grandchildren, Lainey, Olivia and Cooper. A special thank you to extended family Andy and Lisa Johnson, their children Taylor, Sydney and Ethan, last but not least, grandson Jackson. Thanks to the Herrera Sisters and their families. You all made Tom’s life meaningful and complete.