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Thomas Luse

Thomas A Luse

Thursday, October 11th, 1934 - Sunday, February 21st, 2021
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Obituary

Thomas A. Luse, 86, Moline, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021. The family is planning a private service.

Tom was born in Cedar Rapids on October 11, 1934 and moved to Hampton, IL, shortly after. He graduated from Augustana and Western Illinois University with a Masters’ Degree. He taught in Moline for 34 years as a science teacher at Coolidge Jr. High, finishing his career at Moline High School. He loved teaching and working with his colleagues.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Moline, serving as a deacon and elder. He met his wife there so it will always hold a special place in our hearts! When the church closed, he and Jan went to Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline.

He and Jan travelled everywhere the family was to spend time with them! We are lucky he liked taking pictures of all of his adventures. He was an avid golfer with his teacher friends and loved watching golf tournaments when he could no longer play. He was always at the top of the leader board himself in putt putt golf!

Those left to cherish him are his loving wife, Jan, of 61 years and two daughters who love him dearly: Pam (Lance) Ryley and Stacia (Scott) Rapsilber. Tom has 6 grandkids that always enjoyed spending time with him: Megan Melch, Amanda (Lee) Sarno, Allison (Aaron) Vander Bee, Tim (Lindi) Smith, Matt Smith and Caleb Rapsilber. He was lucky to have time to spend with his three geat-grandchildren, Parker Smith, Pearson Smith and Casper Vander Bee. He is also survived by his sister Elvira (Lonard) Blansett and sister-in-law Shirley Luse.

Those to welcome him to Heaven include his parents, and two brothers, Norman and Charles.

The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
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Nancy Russell

Posted at 06:36pm
Jan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful person. I remember him well from First Christian Church. Prayers and love being sent to you.

Nancy (Watson) Russell
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Paul and LaVelle Stewart

Posted at 10:04pm
Tom and Jan have been lifelong friends (Paul has known Tom for 80 years) through our years together at First Christian Church and The Friendship Class. We spent several winters with them in Florida, enjoying walks, fishing and sitting on the beach. Tom was a very kind man and totally devoted to his loving family. We will miss him. Our prayers and sympathy to Jan, Pam, Stacie and their families.
Paul and LaVelle Stewart
 
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Stacia Rapsilber Posted at 10:12pm

Dad cherished his friendship between our families. Those Florida trips were a special time with friends. Thanks for coming to visit with mom. She said it was a great visit! Thanks for sharing those memories. We treasure them too.
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Ed and Sandie Cox

Posted at 09:33am
Ed and I have known Tom and Jan for years. We were all members of the Friendship Class at First Christian Church. Tom was one of those quite guys in class, but when he offered his opinion it was always knowledgeable and thought provoking. When First Christian closed we so happy to see Tom and Jan come to Christ United Methodist. We also enjoyed visiting with Tom and a few other friends at South Park when he would go walking. Loved his wit and knowledge. He was always there to help when some of us needed help figuring out our new cell phones. We will truly miss him dearly.
Ed and Sandie Cox
 
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Stacia Raspilber Posted at 10:07am

You and Ed were always good friends to mom and dad. They always enjoyed your humor and smiles. Thanks for sharing that he was witty and smart! TO us his wit always included a corny joke and a twinkle in his eyes!
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Kris Wainwright

Posted at 08:22am
Mom and I have been reminiscing about all the special times that our families shared together. I remember Tom always calling me a scholar and that was always good for a laugh. Lots of wonderful memories... we send our love to all of you.
 
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Stacia Raspilber Posted at 10:04am

I am so glad that you and Marge have all of those memories with dad. We feel your love!
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Billie Spahnie

Posted at 07:32pm
I had Mr. Luse for Science at Calvin Coolidge Jr. High in Moline. He was very nice and patient... and a great teacher. Blessed Be to his family, loved ones and friends. He will be missed.
 
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Stacia Rapsilber Posted at 08:49pm

Thanks for sharing those kind words! I'm glad he left a positive impression with you!
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