Thomas DeBlieck


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Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2013, 4:34 pm
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Thomas L. DeBlieck, 63, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Plant City, Fla., after a brief illness.
A funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. A Scripture service will follow visitation at 4 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Thomas L. DeBlieck Memorial Fund.
Thomas was born March 2, 1949, in Geneseo, son of Ralph E. and Maguerite Park DeBlieck. He was raised in Geneseo, attended St. Malachy's and graduated from Geneseo High School. He graduated from Western Illinois with a bachelor's degree in business. He married Kathy Tell on Aug. 16, 1969, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Tom worked for Eagle Foods for 21 years, working his way to vice president of produce. He then was director of produce for Kash N Karry in Tampa, Fla. Later with Sweetbay, he was the produce category manager. His 38-year career in produce was widely known throughout the country for his expertise and ethics. Among his many awards, he was named Florida Merchandiser of the Year and Top Produce Merchandiser in the United States by Produce Merchandising. He retired January 2012. He was able to play golf, his passion, all year and enjoy his retirement. He also loved being with his wife and daughter, and Dixie and Molly, his dogs.
Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Amber, St. Petersburg, Fla.; mother, Marguerite DeBlieck, Geneseo; brothers and sister-in laws, Kenneth and Vickie DeBlieck, Sun Lakes, Ariz., Randy and Carol DeBlieck, Aurora, Colo., and Dennis and Lori Lewis DeBlieck, Littleton, Colo.; nieces and nephews, Breann and Shawn Bockstahler, Aurora, Brant DeBlieck, Scotts Bluff, Neb., Terri and Chris Welsh, Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph DeBlieck; and nephew, Tim DeBlieck.
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