Thomas James Magers

May 26, 1939December 31, 2018

Thomas J. Magers, 79, of Davenport, died on Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home. His Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 11th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. Visitation will be Thursday, January 10th from 4-7 p.m. at St. Paul and Friday at 10:45 a.m. until service time. Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

Tom was born in 1939 to Kermit and Gladys (Schumacher) Magers in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1957 and attended St. Ambrose University. He was owner and operator of Major Art & Hobby Center located on the corner of 2nd and Perry. Major Art & Hobby was established in 1954 and spans three generations of the Magers family and will celebrate its 65th year. Tom was a strong supporter of downtown businesses and served as President on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Davenport Association and Davenport One. He was a promoter of local artists and an integral member of the Beaux Arts Fair for 60 years, serving as Fair Chairman for more than 25 years. He served in the National Guard; Board of Directors of Scott County Family Y; member of Pinnacle Country Club; and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Tom was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, an avid gardener, golfer and life-long Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Those left to honor Tom’s memory are his wife of 55 years, Marjorie; his children: Sarah (Stephen) Williamson of Chicago; Jane Magers (Kevin Tuthill), and Matt Magers of Davenport; and two grandchildren: Madeline and Nicholas Williamson. He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Gail Kaplan

January 13, 2019

Dear Marge & Family,

I know what a significant role that Tom played in the life of my brother, growing up. And how Dave would always speak in glowing terms of how your own family was growing up.

I always enjoyed visiting Magers as a little girl & stopping by to say hi to Tom, Gladys & Kermit.

What a full life he led with the support of all of you.

In prayer for your loss, and for the days ahead.

Gail Kaplan,

Jerry & Jacque Crable

January 9, 2019

We always looked forward to Tom visits with us at Beaux arts, he was very supportive over the years. Tom was open and honest and helped us grow as artist. Tom was a good guy and we will miss him! Thank you Tom for everything...

Barb, Ray and Michael Shinbori

January 8, 2019

First my sincere condolences to Marge and the entire family. He will be missed by so many people in this community.
My favorite memories were in the store when he was always there with a smile and a discount for St. Paul members!!
I would also see him at the Farmer's Market where he would argue with me about who was selling the best sweet corn.
He dedicated so much to downtown Davenport, and to the Arts community with the Beaux Arts Fair and to the model train enthusiasts. His legacy will continue at the store with Jane and Matt and the loyal customers who frequent this 65 year old Art and Hobby Store we love.
Wishing you all God's blessings, and R.I.P. my Blue Devil friend.

Deb Fraker

January 7, 2019

Marjorie, Sarah, Jane and Matt,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Tom as always kind when I went to the shop and very supportive of his daughters' love of music! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God bless and keep you during this difficult time and always.

Ann Geiger

January 6, 2019

I will miss Tom. It was always fun working with him on downtown projects when I worked for the City of Davenport. I looked forwarding to visiting with him during events and enjoyed his feistiness.

Harvey Rice

January 5, 2019

Tom was such a fine friendly person. Always ready with a smile and ready to help. The Magers family were friends for all the time we lived in Davenport. We and, I'm sure, many others are sad for the family and sorry to lose Tom to early.
The Rice's, Harvey, Ted and James

Gary Pohlmann

January 5, 2019

To the Magers family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of Tom and spending hours and years at the hobby shop including time with Kermit and Gladys. Tom was always welcoming and let me do odd jobs once in awhile at the shop (to support my slot car habit!). My dad, Hank, and brother Steve spent many hours there and Tom always seemed to be smiling and teasing us. Kermit and Gladys were always so warm and welcoming to our family, the Magers family is very special.
I hope you find peace and comfort knowing that Tom touched many lives and provided many people fond memories.
Gary Pohlmann
Atlanta, Ga

Rosalie Baker

January 4, 2019

I first met Tom Magers when I purchased art supplies while working as an artist and a production manager at an advertising agency. We were Beaux Arts members and became good friends. I send Tom's family my deepest sympathy.

Vicki Starkovich Henrickson

January 4, 2019

Such warm memories of Tom and his dad when I was fresh out of college trying to wrangle the amazing collection of personalities that made up the Downtown Davenport Association in the mid- 1970s. Tom was always kind, level-headed , supportive and dedicated to keeping downtown a vital part of the community. Thanks, Tom, for your many contributions to Davenport and for being one great guy.

Eric Peterson

January 4, 2019

Tom provided me my first job, and was both a great boss and neighbor. I'll always remember the values he left with me about working hard and taking care of customers. I'll also never forget that I got Tom to sing show tunes within the store (mostly from South Pacific), and how much fun a job could be.

I'm thankful for the time I got to share working for Tom. He will be missed and never forgotten.