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Obituary: Thomas Dean Ketchmark Jr., 50 - January 20, 2017
BLOOMINGTON - Thomas Dean "Tommy" Ketchmark Jr., 50, of Champaign, formerly of Bloomington and Minonk, passed away at 6:19 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Visitation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. His memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk with Fr. Stephen McKinley officiating. Burial will follow at Minonk Township Cemetery.

Tommy was born on April 15, 1966, a son of Thomas Dean Sr. and Pearl Jacqulyn "P.J." Davis Ketchmark.

Surviving are his mother, P.J. Ketchmark, Minonk; three sisters, Colleen (Wayne) Weber, Christie (Randy) Ruestman and Cindy (Craig) Meyer, all of Minonk; nieces and nephews, Cody, Logan and Abby Weber, Morgan (Rick) Koehler, Jordan (Jon) Meyer, Trent (Tracy) Ruestman and Zach, Nick and Kenzie Meyer; and great nieces and nephews, Cali, Braxton, Ricki, Clayton Koehler and Bentley Weber.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Thomas Dean Sr.; and a niece, Lindsay Weber.

Tommy graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1984. He was a 30-year employee of the United States Postal Service. During that time, he worked as a clerk, carrier and mail handler serving in the Minonk, Bloomington and Champaign offices.

Tommy was a thoughtful and kind person, with a generous soul; generous not only to his family, but everyone around him and anyone who crossed his path. He believed in "paying it forward" and consistently gave to those in need. He taught us to be true to ourselves, always love one another, be grateful for what we have, give to others and smile.

Thank you to the medical staff who cared for Tommy during his six-week battle with brain cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Heartland Community College Foundation – Donny Bounds Nursing Scholarship.

Condolences and memories of Tommy may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.