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Obituaries

  • Thomas J. Holcomb

    Thomas J. Holcomb

Thomas J. Holcomb, 77

Oct. 17, 2015

Thomas J. Holcomb

Thomas J. Holcomb

Tom Hol­comb, 77, of Engle­wood, Fla., died Sat­ur­day, Oct. 17. Born April 29, 1938, in Mar­ion, Ill., to Ronald and Helen (Baker) Hol­comb, he was raised in Water­loo, Iowa.

He grad­u­ated from West Water­loo High School in 1956. While there, he played foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and golf. Golf was his true pas­sion. He accepted a golf schol­ar­ship to the Uni­ver­sity of Iowa and was a cap­tain of the U of I golf team. He was a mem­ber of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

After his grad­u­a­tion, Tom entered man­age­ment train­ing at the John Deere plant in Water­loo. He spe­cial­ized in labor rela­tions and was pro­moted to head that depart­ment at the Deere East Moline, Ill. Works in 1972. He even­tu­ally became a divi­sion man­ager at the com­pany head­quar­ters in Moline, Ill.

While in Water­loo, he won two city golf cham­pi­onships and many tour­na­ments in towns nearby. He served as pres­i­dent of Sports of Sorts club there and belonged to the Elks Club.

Tom and his fam­ily moved to Coal Val­ley, Ill., in 1972. He joined Oak­wood Coun­try Club there and served two terms as pres­i­dent. He helped bring the Quad City Open golf tour­na­ment to Oak­wood (now the John Deere Clas­sic) and he con­tin­ued to win local golf tournaments.

When Tom retired in 1992, he moved to Engle­wood, where he joined Rotonda Golf & Coun­try Club. He was club cham­pion there twice and was a past win­ner of the Char­lotte County Senior Open. He won a tour­na­ment in each of the last seven decades; the most recent at Land Har­bor Golf Club, Linville, N.C., where he had a sum­mer cabin. On his 77th birth­day in April, he shot 77.  Tom had 10 holes in one dur­ing his life.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Car­olyn; son, Scott; daugh­ter, Kel­lie (Mrs. Jack Pear­son); three grand­chil­dren: Thomas Hol­comb, Catie and Tay­lor Pear­son; and one great-grandson, Jax­son Hol­comb, all of Engle­wood. His brother, Art Hol­comb of West Des Moines, Iowa; eight nieces, nephews, and many, many friends also survive.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Nov. 28, at the Rotonda Hills Golf & County Club, 100 Rotonda Cir­cle, Rotonda West. In lieu of cards and flow­ers, please send memo­r­ial con­tri­bu­tions to either the Uni­ver­sity of Iowa Foun­da­tion, Attn: Ath­let­ics at P.O Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244, or Lemon Bay Junior Golf Foun­da­tion, Attn: Cindy Claude, 9600 Eagle Pre­serve Drive, Engle­wood, FL 34224

Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home with Pri­vate Cre­ma­tory has been selected to han­dle arrange­ments. You may share a mem­ory with the Hol­comb fam­ily at www.englewoodfh.com.