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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Tommy "Tom" D. Hasting

September 24, 1958September 7, 2019
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Tommy D. “Tom” Hasting, 60, of Machesney Park, passed away suddenly during a historical reenactment in Platteville, WI on September 7, 2019. He was born September 24, 1958 in Rockford, the son of Jerry W. and Marie (Williams) Hasting. Tom proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Sheridan. He married Lisa Cushman on March 19, 1999 in Oregon, IL. Tom worked as a docent at MMOCA in Madison, and was an artist and a printer. Tom achieved the status of Eagle Scout and was a Scout Master in Troop 28. He was a historical reenactor in the Prerevolutionary Era, and loved teaching children about this era. Tom was a member of the Old Northwest Company. Tom enjoyed sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Liverpool Reds Fan. He dreamed of going to Liverpool in the spring. Tom liked traveling to Chicago with Lisa and was a huge Donald Trump supporter. He adored the band, The Struts, he was known as a “Strutter” and he and Lisa would travel all over the Midwest to see them. Tom is loved and will be missed. Tom is survived by his wife, Lisa; mother, Marie Jacobson; children, Dana (Nathan) Brown and Dale (Brooke) Hasting; 9 grandchildren, brother Donnie (Alice “Petie”) Hasting; niece and nephew, Lisa Munch and Scott Myelle; and mother-in-law, Marlene Cushman, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and step-father, Richard “Jake” Jacobson. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Rockford and Madison VA and Dr. Ann O’Rourke at UW-Madison for their loving and compassionate care and support of Tom. Please come in casual attire, and wear something Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, or the Liverpool Reds related. A visitation to celebrate Tom’s life will be held from 10:00 a.m., until 11:30, a.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, with a memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom is survived by his wife, Lisa; mother, Marie Jacobson; children, Dana (Nathan) Brown and Dale (Brooke) Hasting; 9 grandchildren, brother Donnie (Alice “Petie”) Hasting; niece and nephew, Lisa Munch and Scott Myelle; and mother-in-law, Marlene Cushman, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and step-father, Richard “Jake” Jacobson.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Gloria Martelin

September 11, 2019

I remember Tom being my neighbor when living on Paradise Blvd. He was always out working in the yard making it more beautiful. My deepest sympathy to Lisa and all of his family. Gloria Martelin

Mary Boyle

September 11, 2019

I'm so thankful I was able to see Tom one last time at Platteville. We had some lovely final exchanges, that I of course didn't know were final, at the time. He was kind, generous, and one of the most passionate and hardcore historical reenactors I know; it was an absolute honor to be in his circle and counted as his friend. I am comforted in knowing he left us doing what he loved among people he loved, and who loved him so well. He will be remembered as a legend among reenactors. Godspeed, good friend, until we meet again.

Susan Minor

September 10, 2019

My last visit with Tom was Sat. Morning. We sat and shared stories for about an hour. Then he grabbed his Powerade,his gun, and his tricorn and got ready to march the parade. I tried to convince him to sit this one out but he insisted saying he always walked the parade! So he left us doing it his way. He is leaving huge holes in many people's hearts. Condolences to his entire family.

Alice Schoonover

September 9, 2019

Tom, it was so easy to be your friend. Thanks for putting my name on the fence at Wrigley. Loved camping with you and sharing a fire. Remember when Clark taught you how to build a stool. You almost seemed scared of the wood, but you did it. Loved seeing you at the Snappers games as Captain K. The kids loved it. You were quite the guy and we loved you and will have a place in our hearts for you for a long time. Carry on.

Wendy Edgington

September 9, 2019

Tom was an amazing living historian. His expertise was making history engaging and fun.
His kind heart and empathetic soul will be greatly missed.
HUZZAH to a wonder person...

Clark Schoonover

September 9, 2019

We had not seen nor spoke with Tom in a long time and we were so happy to see him at Kenosha. He was always a pleasure to speak with and spend time around. May family and friends who survive him take solace in knowing that he was doing one of his favorite things in this world and is now with the Lord to enjoy eternity. God speed Tom, and we will meet again.

Lori Hinueber

September 9, 2019

Aunt Marie, Donnie, Lisa and all the rest of Tom’s family: He was a gentle, old soul and he will be missed. I remember as kids being so jealous of all of his cool boy toys. Like that oven to make fake bugs and stuff. Our families shared a neighborhood and grade school, but the difference in ages ran us in different circles. But I enjoyed our talks about Church School, and re-living family reunions from our childhood! I love you Tommy! RIP....and do something to help those Bears!

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