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Tom Lawson

veteranOct 9th, 1944 - Jan 10th, 2019

Remembrance Ceremony:  3 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Memorial Visitation:  2 until 3 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment:  Mound City National Cemetery (at a later date)


     Harry Thomas “Tom” Lawson, age 74, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, at his home.

     He was born October 9, 1944, in Cook County, the son of Fred J. and Mary Wilma (Gray) Lawson.

     Tom served in the Navy during Vietnam, training as a helicopter pilot and an air traffic controller, going on to work at the Indianapolis International Airport following his service.  He farmed on his family’s land and was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Moose.  Tom will be remembered by his good friends that he enjoyed seeing and visiting with, and he will be missed by his faithful dog companion, Gypsy.

     He is survived by his children: John (Carissa) Lawson of Xenia, Jeff Lawson of Evansville, Indiana, Heather Griffy of Louisville, and Patty Johnson of Cisne; 7 grandchildren: Brantly Griffy, Braxton Griffy, Bryton Griffy, Tyra Shilling, Troy Johnson, Ashley Persinger, and Jessica Eaton; and a sister: Sharen (Bob) Harvey of Salem.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

     A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2018, and military funeral honors will be presented.  A memorial visitation will be held 2 until 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Interment will be at a later date in Mound City National Cemetery.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Marion VA Hospital or Fur A Good Paws and will be accepted through the funeral home.


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Rick and Trudy Stanford

January 11th

We are so so sorry to hear of your loss.

James West

January 11th

So Sorry you have left and to go to a better place you will be miss by me and your friends of many R.I.P. my friend.

Jim and Linda Grove

January 11th

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing--he was a friend and school mate for all 12 years. We used to do our algebra homework over the phone together. Will miss him-prayers for the family.

Don Guerrettaz

January 11th

Tom was such a nice personality. I remember him from high school, playing with him on the students vs teachers game, and in Indianapolis as adults. Miss him.

Mike and Sharon Gray

January 11th

Sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy, we went through high school together and enjoyed visiting with him at our last class reunion. Prayers for you and your family.

Sue Russell

January 11th

Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Gary and Rita Cooper

January 12th

We are So Sorry for your loss. We will Miss Him.... His Smile...His Laugh....

Jean Guerrettaz

January 12th

Tom was a very special person and I will miss running into him and visiting. RIP Tom - we miss you already!!

Mona (Baker) Sager

January 12th

Sharon so sorry to hear the loss of your brother. Prayers for the family.

Kassie Dulaney

January 12th

I dont even know what to say he was a one of a kind so very sorry to hear about his passing he will be missed by so many!

Ed & Kim Kopcha

January 12th

We are sadden by the loss of our dear cousin. May the family find comfort & peace in fond memories. Love is all there is.

Lynne and Fred Gocey

January 12th

Heather and boys, Very sorry for your loss. Hugs

Brenda Burgess Horner

January 12th

I am so very sorry for the loss of Tom. Prayers for the family.

Dave and Tammy burkett

January 12th

John Oglesby

January 12th

So sorry for your loss. Tom was one of the most genuine and likeable guys I have known. Prayers for the family.

Daphne Urbanski

January 12th

So sorry for your loss thought a lot of Tom he will be greatly missed

Tammy Akes

January 12th

So so sorry John and Carissa. My heart goes out to you. Ya know my number. I'm here anytime. Luv u.

Karen Wolfe Haram

January 12th

I haven’t seen Tom since high school in the sixties but I remember his bright eyes, big smile and great personality. Sending sympathy to Sharen and all of Tom’s family.

Ken Rector

January 12th

I didn't know Tom for very many years. But in the short time I knew him I grew to respect what a great man he was. As a new officer to the VFW he took me to his side and showed me a lot about what it meant to be an officer of the VFW. I looked up to Tom in a lot of ways and I will miss him greatly. Not many will understand this next sentence but Tom will. Will find the $10 tomorrow. It always shows back up at some point. To the family I am sorry for your lose. He was truly one of kind and will be greatly missed by all.

Deb Henman

January 12th

My condolences to his family. He will be missed by many.

Marlis Neilson

January 12th

Sharon, I’m very sorry for the loss of your Brother Tom.

Lowell & Brenda K Showalters

January 12th

So Sorry for the loss of our neighbor, may you rest in peace Tom, always enjoyed our many visits. Our thoughts and prayers to your family

Tawanna White

January 12th

So very sorry for the loss of this fine thoughts and prayers are with the family and his friends..

Danny Brenda radom

January 12th

Heather John Patty and all family Tom will be greatly missed. Let's hold on to the good times great memories. He will be missed. May God Comfort you all in this time of sorrow and days ahead. Your all in our prayers.

Shawna matchett

January 13th

So sorry to hear of Tom passing, such a great man. Will so greatly be missed by many. Hugs and prayers to al the family. Until we meet again, RIP Tom

Joe and Pam Silvey

January 12th

Our prayers go out to Tom and his family.

Dee Lodato

January 12th

My condolences to the family. Tom was a joy to know and be around and always laughing.

Susan Allison

January 13th

Dear Sharon, I’m sorry to see Tom has passed. My prayers are with you and all the family. I think of your folks and you every time I pass their house. Hope you are doing well.

Alan Buck

January 12th

Sympathy is extended to The Family. Sorry for Your Loss.

Sandy Baker

January 14th

So sorry to hear about Tom's passing, he was a great guy. He and My mom(Anita Kay) were great friends and she sure thought a lot of Tom. Prayers for the family.

Eric and Jami Lewis

January 15th

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. Praying for comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Peggy Nichols

January 15th

Tom was one of a kind . He will be missed by many . Thoughts and Prayers for All ..RIP My Friend

Carl and Dana Zimmerman

January 19th

Prayers to the families. Tom has been a lifelong friend to us and will be greatly missed.



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Larry Frost
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Bob& Connie Pieplow
V.F.W. Post 3999
Don and Mary Smith
Roger & Lisa (Plumlee) Colman
Joe and Rita Haines
Sharon David
Mike Patridge and Jean Guerrettaz
Joe Ellis
Jim and Linda (King) Grove
Jim and Brenda Thompson
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Mike and Sharon Gray
Joe and Carolyn Holloway
Sharon Sanders Felix
Linda(Harrell) Judd
Bill & Jill McDonald
John & Vicky Penrod
Lance Collins and boys
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John & Casey Armstrong
Neil and Shirley Eaton
Tim and Betty fender
Jay and Jodi Walker and family
Sheldon & June Smith
Ed & Kim Kopcha
Gary Phillips
Jim & Darla Henson
Lenny and Marie Henson
Schiela Yates
Robert and Deloris Johnson
Gahanna White
John Oglesby
Deb Ritchie
Kyle & Jen Hawks
Betty Tucker Simmons
Brent Eskew
Crystal & Shayley Ashley
Kris Rubsam and family
Jamed n Mary West
Bill Edmiston
Brad & Jana Mugrage
Lowell& Brenda K Showalters
Dan & Kit McGrew
Keith and Donna Patton
Greg & Diana Rutland
Timmy & Pam Sharp
Kelly Martin
Ed and Jill Dawkins
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Ron and Barb Prather & Marissa
Steve& Carol Oestreich
Michael and Vicki Martin
Tim and Billie Mojonnier
Shawna matchett
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Rich and Lesa Cook
Dee Lodato
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Larry & Sue Williams
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Sue Russell
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Dana Hosick
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Steve and Jeane Gallo
gary and sharon lagle
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Carl and Dana Zimmerman
Fr: 5Great Grand Kids & 1 on the way
Garold Hosselton
Jim Fitzgerald & Phillip(d)


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