DIXON – Henry A. “Ozzie” Toms, 80, of Dixon, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. After retiring from 20 years of service in the Air Force, he worked as a superintendent for Raynor Manufacturing in Dixon.
Henry was born Feb. 3, 1937, to Kenneth D. and Lillian (Hackbarth) Schultheis. He married Dianna (Whitford) Haenitsch on Sept. 14, 1996, in Dixon. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, American Legion Post 12 in Dixon, and the Rock River Restorers Car Club. Henry was a past Master and member of Friendship Masonic Lodge 7 in Dixon, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a York Rite Mason. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed snowmobiling, woodworking, fishing, and restoring antique tractors; but first and foremost, he loved his family.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dianna Toms of Dixon; five children, Lyle “Kip” Toms of Dixon, Debra (Lawrence) Smith of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Melinda Vos of Dixon, Patrice (Steve) Koch of Hampshire, and Thelma Roman of Kankakee; six stepchildren, Bill (Terri) Haenitsch of Dixon, Angela (Tom) Neidlinger of South Bend, Indiana, Annette (Vince) Lamkin of Hampshire, April (Mark) Swim of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Anne (Ted) Harms of Dixon, and Kathy Bewely of Rock Falls; two siblings, Ron Allen of Harmon and Elaine Simmons of Peoria; his foster siblings, Marilyn Johnson of Rochelle, Carole Child of Dixon, and Dennis “Denny” (Karla) Child of Amboy; one foster sister-in-law, Joyce Child; special brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Connie Whitford of Georgia; his adopted parent, James E. “Grampy” (Karen) Toms of Dixon; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings, Dorothy, Mary Jane, Ed, Tommy, and Bobby; his foster parents, William and Virginia Child; one foster brother, William J. “Bill” Child; and one foster brother-in-law, Ed Johnson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon. The funeral with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. David Schweppe officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Lee County Honor Flight.
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