Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 17, 2013

Tom Threlkeld



Thomas George "Tom" Threlkeld, age 68, of Boston, Mass., died Friday June 14, 2013, at his home from complications of acute myeloid leukemia.

Tom is survived by his long-time companion, Joe Travilini, of Boston; one brother, Steve Threlkeld and wife Pauline of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his maternal aunt, Mary Alice Parker of Chicago; one nephew, Christopher Threlkeld and wife Denise and their sons Connor and Riley of Edwardsville; one niece, Carol Threlkeld and husband Michael Ring and their daughters Julia Dreher-Threlkeld and Isabel Ring; cousin, Elizabeth “Libby" Wilson and husband Bob of Texico; and a sister-in-law, Jananne Threlkeld of Edwardsville.

His parents and one brother, Bill, preceded him in death.

Tom attended Dale Grade School, and McLeansboro Township High School for two years before graduating from Salem High School in 1962. He received his BA degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was working on his doctorate degree when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. His tour of duty included Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam Conflict.

Tom briefly worked for Chicago Title and Trust in Chicago. He then moved to Boston and worked for

over 40 years as an education specialist with the federal government.

Tom was a great conversationalist, an excellent observer, enjoyed music and theater, and was well-liked by family, friends, and colleagues.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 22, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, from 12

p.m. to the time of service at 2 p.m.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois with the Rev. Victor Long officiating.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences