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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL

OBITUARY

Thomas A Bezouska

December 17, 1931January 3, 2020

Thomas (Tom) Allen Bezouska of Berwyn, IL., born December 17, 1931 died at home on January 3, 2020. Tom was a beloved husband to Mary Ann (Kuehn), loving father of Dr. Thomas Bezouska, (Janet), Amy Lustig (the late Francis), Robert Bezouska and Christopher Bezouska. Devoted grandfather of Katherine Barbera (Andrew), Christine Borgogna (Nicholas), Lindsey Bezouska, Hannah Lustig, Sarah Lustig, Stephen Bezouska, Israel Marquez and Davian Bezouska. Cherished great grandfather of Wesley Borgogna and Benjamin Barbera. Brother of Anthony Bezouska and Dorothy Grainey and brother-in-law of the late George Kuehn and Thomas Kuehn. Fond uncle and cousin to many.

A family man to his core, Tom was a devoted husband and was actively involved with all his children and grandchildren. When he wasn’t coaching soccer or leading a boy scout troop, he could be found acting as number one fan on the sideline of countless soccer matches, basketball games, swim meets, water polo games, track and field events, violin concerts and anything else his family participated in. He never missed a family sporting event or special family occasion, and was well known and loved as the official photographer at all family gatherings. He leaves a legacy of humility, honor, service and love of family.

In addition to the love and devotion he had for his family, he was a highly decorated Veteran, and a 70 year member of the Boy Scouts with a number of wonderful accomplishments and life experiences.

Upon completion of infantry training at Camp Breckinridge, KY., Tom also completed the basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA., and the Combat Medical Aid Course at Eta Jima, Japan. Tom served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (Rakkasans) in 1952 and 1953 with L Company, as an infantry man alongside his twin brother, Tony, and then as L Company’s 3rd Platoon Medic. He was a member of the regimental soccer team in Japan and was also a member of both L Company's championship water polo and softball teams.

His awards include Parachute Wings, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Purple Heart (wounded July 15, 1953), Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Japan Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with three battle stars, U.N. Korean Service Medal, ROK War Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Navy/Marine Unit Citation, Korean Ambassador of Peace, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon and the 187/101 Distinguished Medal of Regiment.

Tom was employed by Paschen Contractors of Chicago as a Project Manager; attended Northwestern University and then employed by James McHugh Construction Company as a Senior Project Manager (Vice President) in charge of purchasing contracts and field projects.

He was very active in his community and held the Illinois Department of Human Services "Youth in Crisis" Award and The American Legion "Square Knot" award for dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. His lifetime memberships include: 187th Airborne RCT Association, 11th Airborne Division Association, 101st Airborne Division Association, American Legion, DAV, VFW, KWVA, American Airborne Association, Combat Infantrymen's Association, Korean and South East Asia Forces Association of Australia and New Zealand K Force Association. Tom has served as both vice president and president of his chapter.

From the Des Plaines Valley Council Boy Scouts of America, Tom holds the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, Silver Beaver Award, St. George National Religious Award, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, CYO Good Shepherd Award, Chicago Area Council's Good Scout Award, Powder Horn Award, Wood Badge, 70 Year Veteran Boy Scouts of America Pin and many more. Tom was an Eagle Scout, as are his sons Tom, Bob and Christopher.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 10, 2020

Memories

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Michael and Saori Bezouska

January 12, 2020

Uncle Tom,
You were a part of my life ever since I started having memories as a child. My father is your twin. When I heard the two of you talking in the evening downstairs as I was going to bed, it calmed me. Your sense of humor and funny stories always made me laugh. Your house was always full of love and laughter on birthdays and holidays, you helped make everybody feel welcome.
I’ll never forget when you read the Eagle Scout poem at my eagle ceremony in 1984. The way you read the poem with the meaning it conveyed stayed with me my whole life.
As an adult, you traveled out to San Diego with my father Tony and visited me after I had joined the Navy and moved to a city thousands of miles away from my home town. You may not have realized it at the time, but your presence with my father gave me strength. You and my father brought the feeling of home with you wherever you went.
Your body may no longer be here, but I know your spirit will always be with us.
May you forever rest in the peace of God, Uncle Tom.
Love, Mike.

KEVIN KELLY

January 11, 2020

Chris,
Just heard of this horrible loss to you and your family last night. I know you were close and proud of him.
Just from the stories and Video of him being honored you shared with me shows he will be missed. Again so sorry for your loss my friend.

Ronald Wilkinson

January 9, 2020

Tony, Only met your brother a couple of times in Chicago but always marveled and envied you two for being so close all through your lives. So humble were you two, really heroes for our country and all mankind. God Bless Tom as he is Home and you and your entire families. Again I am humbled and honored to know both of you. Ron and Cora Wilkinson Carrollton Texas

Connie Drevich

January 8, 2020

Through my father, Robert J. Berry, I had the honor and the privilege of meeting Tom and Tony Bezouska. They are exceptional men, who are the very examples, of what each generation that came after them, should inspire to be like. My utmost condolences to all of the Bezouska family with your loss of Tom.

beth johnson

January 7, 2020

Tom –
You were a hero in my life.
Though MaryAnn and Dolores, my mother, had been friends since high school (70 years), I first came to know you in 2000 when I was stationed with Eighth US Army in Seoul, South Korea. You and Mary Ann (and Tony and Dorothy) visited during the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. Over and over, you said, “It’s nothing like it was 50 years ago.” I will never forget our tour of the DMZ, watching as the reporters interviewed you and Tony while the North Korean soldiers stood rock still, weapons at port arms.
Even today, when I think of you, I smile. Every time we met, you were beaming and had a good story to tell.
In 2002, I was honored you included me in one of the 187th Airborne, ‘Rakkasan,’ reunions in Sacramento, CA - - an exceptional evening for a fellow airborne trooper.
I was humbled when you attended my Army retirement at the Pentagon.
In 28 years of wearing our country’s uniform, I’ve taken heat for my career choice from civilians and military alike, mostly men. You, a combat veteran, never, said an unkind remark or made a crude joke. Just the opposite, you recognized and celebrated my service, which meant more to me than anything I can say. Thank you.
May the Lord enjoy your big, warm smile, gregarious nature, and fascinating stories as much as I have.
Thank you for your example of Romans 12:10 - “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

My deepest sympathies to Mary Ann and all of your family.
Colonel Beth Liechti Johnson
U.S. Army (retired)

Gina Alexander

January 7, 2020

To you all, I give my condolences, love and prayers. Mr. B was an incredible man and oh so sweet. May he rest peacefully! I'm very lucky to have worked with him at McHugh.

Mark Stengle

January 7, 2020

Tom was a part of my family even tho we weren't related. Tom and Tony were friends with my parents and our families did many things together, and those times created cherished memories that have lasted throughout my life. As kids in the growing up in the 60's and 70's , being friends with the Bezouskas was exciting and rewarding. Tom , thank you for the life lessons learned , love for God , family, county, and our neighbors. I look forward to spending eternity with you in our Lord's presence.

EMILY WYSKIEL

January 7, 2020

My family moved in across the street from Tom & Mary Ann this past summer. Although we did not know them long, I could tell immediately that they would be wonderful neighbors. I am saddened to know that we will not be seeing Tom at our first block party this coming summer, I was looking forward to hearing his stories - he sounds like an amazing man, and true American hero. Thank you for your service! and may you Rest In Peace!

Ron Melka

January 7, 2020

I am very sorry to hear that. He was a Scout leader of Troop 60 at St. Odilo's in Berwyn when I was a Boy Scout, coming in after my Dad was Scoutmaster. More recently I would see him at the YMCA and talk of scouts, as I have been involved for many years as an adult. Thoughts and Prayers are to him, his brother, family and friends. the number of young lives he influenced through Scouts are countless.

David Reiley

January 7, 2020

Tom was a great friend and just someone who could you laugh. Between him and Tony walking around with their cameras getting pictures at events I always had a great time with him.

Tom I know you are in a better place and you have taken up post at the gates to welcome all who arrive, I just pray you don't have that camera...

Love ya and miss ya..

Dave

FROM THE FAMILY