Thomas Edward “Tom” Kersey, age 65, of Mattoon went to his eternal peace at 5:28 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.


Memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Mattoon. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Tom was born on January 6, 1952 in Mattoon, the son of Roscoe and Virginia (Byus) Kersey. He married Susan Jane Simmering on December 22, 1972. She preceded him to heaven in 2011.


Survivors include his son, Tim (Charity) Kersey of Woodstock, GA; daughters, Mary Ellen (Kathleen) Kersey of Nampa, ID and Kelly (Jim) Standish of Dawson, IL; grandchildren, Julia and Xander Kersey, Taylor and Brendon West; brothers, Dave Kersey of Mattoon, IL and Tony Kersey, IL of Taylorville; sisters, Judy Canupp of Washington, MO and Suzie Wright of Mattoon, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Meredith “Bud” Kersey and sister, Anita Kersey.


Tom spent his working life in healthcare, working first at Mattoon Memorial Hospital and then at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for over 40 years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville, IL. Tom was active in many community services, donating his time to worthwhile causes including; The American Red Cross, United Way and Sarah Bush Lincoln Foundation. He was active in the Loyal Order of the Moose fraternity where he achieved the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. He was a 3rd degree Mason. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Foundation Children’s First Program.


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