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John T. “Tom” Friday
4/23/2008

John T. “Tom” Friday, 70, rural Macomb, died after a courageous battle with cancer at 2:15 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2008, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa.

His illness was first diagnosed Jan. 24 of this year.

He was born May 31, 1937, in Brooklyn, the son of Henry Truman and Freida Mae (Henry) Friday.

He married Mary Lou Bartley on Oct. 18, 1956, in Denver, Colo. She survives.

He is also survived by his children, Randall T. (Sheryl) Friday, rural Colchester, Henry E. Friday, rural Tennessee, Jamie L. Powell, rural Macomb, John Kelly Friday, Macomb, Ann (Ronald) Lump, Macomb, Melissa L. (Thomas) Todd, Good Hope, Jonathon Andrew (Emily Helling) Friday, rural Macomb, Diana (Mathew) Walden, Durant, Okla., Kathy (Rod Cramer) Myers, Macomb, Roxanne (Mike) Pleskovitch, Centerville, Va., Ryal (Kay) Martin, Nashville, Tenn., Sharon (Logan) Burkle, Colchester, Karen (Marty) McClellan, Quincy, Max Stoneking, Albuquerque, N.M., Terry (Ralph) Trujillo, Albuquerque, N.M., and Jackie (Terry) Sullivan, Macomb; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Henry “Buster” (Virginia) Friday Jr., Mary (Orville J.) Schertz, Janet (Dale) Hoyt, Jerry (Alice) Friday, Joe (Debbie) Friday, Jim (Brenda) Friday, all of Adair, and Bill Friday, Nashville, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews, numerous friends; and his beloved dogs, “Sassy” and “Emmy.”

In addition he was foster-father to an additional 206 children over a 25-year period, loving each as if they were his own.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Linda J. Bohanon, one niece, Sylvia Michelle Friday, and most recently by his good friend, Fred John, Macomb.

He was a graduate of Lowery Air Force Academy, Denver, Colo., and served as an aircraft mechanic at Lowery Air Force Base while serving in the U.S. Air Force. From 1962 to 1977 he was a partner in General Coach Company serving as a Blue Bird School Bus distributor in the tri-states area. During this time he and his wife also owned and operated a charter bus service.

From 1970 to 1975 he owned and operated Western Student Shopper Shuttle, the first bus system in Macomb prior to Go West, geared toward serving the university community.

He had been a strong supporter of the Department of Parks and Recreation at Western Illinois University when under the chairmanship of Dr. Frank Lupton as well as a strong supporter of the Western Newcomers Choral Group, formerly at Western.

After selling his interest in General Coach Company he was employed as a mechanic at MAC Lincoln Mercury, Macomb, for five years, ran the machine shop at Automotive Wholesale Company for 17 years and a water well driller for J and R Well Drilling for many years. Most recently he had been a truck driver for Melvin Transport of Macomb, last working in January of this year.

During the 1970s he enjoyed racing stock cars at Macomb Speedway with his family, receiving numerous awards for many consecutive years while having entered four cars at a time, a record still unchallenged and unsurpassed. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing. When time permitted, he enjoyed lending a hand at auctions for the Lowderman Auction Company.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2008, with full military services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, West Adams Road, Macomb, with Bishop David Connelly officiating.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date at the St. Mary’s Township.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences, clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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