Thomas Hoogerwerf


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Posted Online: Feb. 27, 2013, 8:12 pm
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Thomas T. Hoogerwerf, 77, of Iowa City, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Odyssey House Hospice in Palm Desert, Calif., following a stroke.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Iowa City, with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or the Regina Foundation.
Tom was born Sept. 8, 1935, in Geneseo, the son of Theodore and Elodie Carton Hoogerwerf. The family moved to Moline in 1940. In 1953, he graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island, where he was later inducted into the Alleman High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom married Lou Rae Colman on July 13, 1957, in Rock Island. In 1957, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Regis College, where he played college basketball. Tom served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, attaining the rank of major.
Tom was employed with Iowa & Illinois Gas and Electric, now Mid-American, for his entire career. After 35 years, he retired in 1996 as district manager for the Johnson County area.
He was civic-minded and had served as president of several community organizations, including ICAD, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Iowa City Rotary. Tom enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing tennis and doing yard work. He walked everyday with his "walking stick." Tom enjoyed time spent in Southern California where he loved leading hikes in the mountains.
Tom is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lou Rae; one son, Michael (Pamela) Hoogerwerf; and their children, Whitney and Trenton; one daughter, Cheryl (Bob) Reardon; and their children, Conor and Sean; his brothers, James, Rock Island, and Richard, Farmington Hills, Mich.; and families; and numerous relatives.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gregg.
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.












 



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