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John Thomas "Tom" Lounsbury, 80, of Roscoe, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in his home. He was born January 4, 1937, in Rockford, IL; the son of John K. and Dorothy (Brolander) Lounsbury. John received his bachelor's and master's degree from Northern Illinois University. He married Nancy J. Baxter on June 7, 1958, in New Milford, IL. John was employed with Rock Valley College where he worked as a Professor and head of Physical Science Department. For many years, John was a member of the Beloit Rifle Club. He was outside enjoying shooting the last days of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy and daughter, Lynne A. Lounsbury both of Roscoe.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford with Chaplain Sue Null officiating . Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. The family prefers memorials to go to the charity of choice.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Bill & Lynne Meena

    Back in 1984, Tom was willing to take a chance on Bill and hired him right out of graduate school to teach chemistry full-time at RVC. Bill will always be grateful to Tom for giving him this opportunity. We remember him as a great teacher and friend.

  2. Sharla Parsons

    I was fortunate Tom hired me for my first full-time job in the RVC Science division. He would occasionally recommend that I organize his office when he was away since it made him uneasy. I would and it made him even more uneasy. He was a kind boss and quality person. After he retired we had lunch every other month or so for the past 20 years. He especially enjoyed talking about target shooting, his family and the lake. He was like a 2nd Dad to me. I will miss him.

  3. Cheryl Oberg Peters

    Mr. Lounsbury was my high school earth science teacher. He was an extraordinary and inspiring teacher and I adored him. His classes were always interesting and he was always a caring teacher who encouraged his students to challenge their abilities. As an educator and school administrator for 40 years, I have known many fine teachers. I would put him at the top of that list.

  4. Carl Seaberg

    I first met Tom when I was a student at RVC and he was the Professor for my science class in 1968. I joined Beloit Rifle Club 3 years ago and remembered his name. We had a nice reunion chat and he still had that warm welcoming smile that I knew. He was well loved at our Wednesday morning group at BRC and will be missed very much. Rest in Peace Tom.

  5. Ron & Sandy Blackwell

    Nancy, our thoughts are with both you and and Lynne.

  6. Chuck Mongan

    I met Tom a little over three years ago when I joined Beloit Rifle Club. In those three years I can say that I was a friend of Tom's, and I will cherish that friendship. I was with Tom last Wensday at the range and will remember that day forever. Tom was one of the nicest men I have known. My prayers and thoughts are with you on this great loss you are having.

  7. Bob Fleming

    Dear Nancy and Lynn, Esther and I were terribly saddened to hear of Tom's death. He was my oldest friend. His grandmother and my mother took us to John Nelson School to enroll us in kindergarten when we were five years old. There were no kindergarten classes "because of World War II," so were were enrolled in first grade. Our joint education continued through East High and NIU. I'll always treasure the good times we shared in all the years that followed.

  8. Dave and Carol

    We were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was truly a gentle giant that will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this saddest of all times.

  9. Bonnie

    Nancy & Lynne, I was so saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Sending "Hugs" to both of you and wish I could take all your sorrow away. I'm keeping you close in thought during this sad time and wishing you moments of peace. May memories live forever in your heart - He'll forever live on. Love to you both. Bonnie


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