Charles Gene "Chuck" Thome

June 4, 1935March 16, 2019
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Charles Gene “Chuck” Thome, 83, of Mapleton, Illinois, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 4, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois to Charles Arthur and Lois (Mason) Thome. He married Joyce Joanne Gilmore on February 5, 1955 in Peoria, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 5, 2005 in Mapleton, Illinois. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Art and Jack Thome, one sister, Carolyn Hart and one great granddaughter. Chuck is survived by five children, Chuck (Jada) Thome of Farmington, Illinois, Randy (Teri) Thome of Washington, Illinois, Lori (Frank) Larson of Farmington, Illinois, Jennifer (Johnny) Ellis of Peoria, Illinois and James (Andrea) Thome of Burr Ridge, Illinois; sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; one sister, Sherry Diegel of Pekin, Illinois and many nieces and nephews. He worked 40 years, retiring in 1995 from Caterpillar Inc. He was an U.S. Army Veteran. He was very proud to be a Charter Member of the Baseball and Softball Juggernaut known as the “Family of Hitters.” Chuck was the batting champion in the Sunday Morning League in 1964, and voted League MVP the following year. He was very proud to have won a batting title and MVP award in the most prestigious softball league in the country; The Metro League in Rock Island, Illinois; a league that recruited players from all over the United States. Chuck was very proud playing in Seven International Softball Congress World Tournaments. It was recognized nationwide as the best softball of its time. He won the MVP and batting title in consecutive years. He was recognized as a very tough clutch hitter against the top pitcher in the world. He was a member of the Peoria Area Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved following sports and being the #1 Jim Thome Fan. He enjoyed spending his time with his family and friends. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Davison Fulton Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61614. The Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald’s House in Peoria. You may create an online condolence at


  • Joyce Joanne Gilmore Thome, Wife
  • Chuck (Jada) Thome, Children
  • Randy (Teri) Thome, Children
  • Lori (Frank) Larson, Children
  • Jennifer (Johnny) Ellis, Children
  • James (Andrea) Thome, Children
  • ~ sixteen ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ seventeen ~, Great-Grandchildren
  • Sherry Diegel, Sister
  • ~ many ~, Nieces and Nephews
  • He was preceded in death by wife and also two brothers, Art and Jack Thome, one sister, Carolyn Hart and one great granddaughter

  • Matt Larson
  • Cameron Ellis
  • Meco Eckwood
  • Brandon Thome
  • Cody Larson
  • Landon Thome
  • Sam Stevens
  • Ryan Tate

  • Ronald McDonald's House



  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 21, 2019


  • Burial

Charles Gene "Chuck" Thome

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Sue Kortkamp

March 22, 2019

IN the end, memories are all we have; whenever I think of your mom and dad, I will have a smile on my face because of the great memories: spring training with Vicki, and the general, going to 4 o'clock bars after the choi thome event ended and the pranks he always played on Vicki. He will be missed because he was so loved.

Jerry Ross

March 21, 2019

My condolences to the Thome Family. Just wanted to express to you that Chuck was so highly thought of by those of us who got to be one of his teammates back in the old Sunday Morning League. His father, Chuck Senior, was also special.
My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God bless all of you.

Bob Schlemmer

March 21, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Thome family. Chuck was a wonderful man who really cared for others.
Here’s a little fun story about Chuck: I went to see Jim play in St. Louis.
I tried to get his attention from the side of the dugout to no avail.
I happened to see Chuck and he said watch this - he whistled and Jim instantly looked our way and I got to say hello. Chuck said that Jim knew that whistle because that was how Jim was called to dinner as a kid!

john fiers

March 20, 2019

We would see Chuck at the American Legion and enjoy conversations of the good old days. We have fond memories of Limestone baseball when our son Tim & Jim played together. Chuck inspired us all with his love of his family and baseball. Chuck was a great guy and will be dearly missed by a lot of people. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Thome family. You will be in our prayers. John, Tim & Pam Fiers

Tom & Debbie Haavig

March 19, 2019

We first met Chuck at the airport on the way to White Sox Spring Training in 2006. From that moment our lives were better. What a kind, sincere, gentle giant.
Our sincere condolences to the wonderful Thome family.

Tom & Debbie Haavig

mari osborne

March 19, 2019

Dear Thome family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Chuck... what a guy! His smile, his stories and especially the love that he had for life and his family. My heartfelt sympathy to you. He’s left a legacy and I will always remember him - and Joyce - with love and gratitude. Mari O.

dennis landry

March 19, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Chuck's sudden passing and we offer our love and prayers to the entire family. Always remember the good times we had watching the Sunday Morning League games with Chuck and Joyce when our son Knute and Jimmy were teammates.
Mr. Thome was indeed a great gentleman and gracious sportsman..All of us who knew him have always been impressed by how much he proudly loved his family.
Dennis, Wanda and son, Knute.

Catherine Hughes

March 19, 2019

Rest In Peace ....Condolenses to the family. Mom of Patrick and Edward Thome, Rockville MD.

Marshall Stoner

March 19, 2019

To the entire Chuck Thome family: My name is Marshall Stoner. I was a team mate of Chuck's on the teams we played on in the Quad-City fast pitch softball leagues. (Harrelson Motors was our sponsor). His family and mine are about the same age and we shared many a week-end together as we played our games in and around the cities. You could never find a more family oriented good old American way of life. Good competition and even better family togetherness. After those years we kind of drifted apart. Only to connect years later under difficult circumstances. I had become the basketball coach at Pekin Community High School. In the fall of 1979 I lost my best player, my son Jeff, in a traffic accident. I will never forget that at Jeff's visitation the entire Chuck Thome family was in attendance. So I was never surprised when positive news of Chuck's family, frequently of Jim of course, would grace our news reports. That's the Chuck Thome I will always remember and revere.