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Thomas Halpin

9/2/1950 - 9/11/2020

PEKIN ~ Thomas “Tommy” Halpin, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 3:59 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020 at his home. He went to be with his beloved Debby, following multiple prolonged fatal diseases and a broken heart after a lifetime of marriage.

Born September 2, 1950 in Birwyn to Robert Arthur and Mary Patricia (Lynn) Halpin, he married Debra “Debby” Jean Gaumer. She died June 11, 2020 in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are his daughter, Amelia (Joe) Summer-Moon of Pekin; one grandson, James Michael-Deane Payne of Pekin; three sisters, Susan (Charles) White, Robin (Kevin) Cline and Melinda Mount; one brother, David (Patti) Halpin and several nieces and nephews.

Tommy enlisted while attending Pekin Community High School and upon graduation, he attended Navy Hospital Corps School and Marine Corps Field Hospital School.

He served in combat with the 7th Marines in Vietnam. He eventually became a Registered Nurse and then a Registered Vascular Technologist. He loved his patients and disliked most hospital administrators and medical personnel, including the V.A.

As half owner of T & D Racing, his experience spanned multiple disciplines at many levels. He spent decades on motorcycles with Debby and racing in the Sportsman Mile Nationals at the State Fairgrounds, where times of relaxation were provided.

Tommy was fortunate enough to visit every state in the union, except New England during his life as well as multiple foreign countries.

A life well spent without regrets. Please wear a mask.

There will be no services or visitation per Tommy’s request. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Illinois CancerCare Foundation, 8940 Wood sage Road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 in the honor of his wife, Debby Halpin.

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