DIXON – Thomas G. Love, 89, of Dixon, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born March 25, 1924, in Dixon, the son of William and Lillian (Doyle) Love. Tom graduated at the top of his class from radiomen school at Northwestern University. He entered the Navy in 1942 and served until 1946. He was a World War II veteran, serving in both the European and South-East Asian theaters aboard the USS Henrico. He participated in the landings on D-Day and the Battle of Okinawa.
He married Marge Quirk on Feb. 19, 1949, in Chicago after meeting on a blind date. He had owned and operated Love’s Floor Covering in Dixon for 47 years before retiring. Tom was a peewee Little League coach for more than 20 years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 690, Dixon American Legion Post 12, and Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540. Tom was a loving husband and father and devoted Catholic.
He is survived by his wife; eight sons, Tom (Barb) Love of Grand Detour, Bill (Nancy) Love of Palm Bay, Fla., Dave (Kathy) Love and Pat (Stacy) Love, both of Dixon, Dan Love of Chicago, and Ed (Betty) Love, John Love, and Jim (Rahna) Love, all of Dixon; three daughters, Mary Jordan of Amboy, and Ann (Jeff Montavon) Love and Maureen (Jim Ackert) Bassett, both of Dixon; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Kenneth, and Don; one sister, Alice Ann Love; and a son-in-law, Randy Jordan.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rev. Antoni Kretowicz officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the combined veterans group, will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial has been established.
Visit www.thejonesfh.com to send condolences.