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Obituary for Thomas "Tom" Glade Williams

Thomas "Tom" Glade Williams Thomas "Tom" Glade Williams, 70, of West Salem, Wisconsin went to his heavenly home on May 21, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born on July 3, 1947 to Donald Lafayette Williams and Ione Dorothy Glade in Cherokee Iowa. Tom married his sweetheart, Linda Jean Brunsch of Woodworth, N.D., on June 17, 1972, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rockford Illinois. Tom graduated from West High School in Rockford, Ill., in 1965, Illinois State University in 1969 and the Police Academy in Champaign, Ill., 1969. From 1969 to 1979 he served on the Rockford Police force; while on the force one of his duties was that of a training officer. In 1979, along with his brother, Steve, Tom started a franchise of Burger King restaurants in La Crosse, Wis. Within five years they had six restaurants located in La Crosse, Beloit, and Janesville, Wis. In 1984, they split the businesses but both continued to run Burger Kings. Tom retired in 2006 from the Burger King business with five local restaurants. Not being one to do nothing in retirement, Tom then got a part time job as a crew transport driver for the Railroad from 2009 to 2017. He enjoyed meeting the conductors and hearing their stories about being on the train. Tom had many hobbies including reloading his own ammo, shooting his guns, woodworking and going for drives with his furry companion KD. He was also a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bears and shared this passion with his son Brad. Da Bears! We all treasure a woodwork project that was made just for us. He was always thinking about the next project he would make. Tom is survived by his wife, Linda of almost 46 years; daughters, Brenda of La Crosse and Bryana of West Salem; son, Brad of Rochester, Minn.; two brothers, Steven (Linda) Williams of South Beloit, Wis., and Edward (Roberta) Blanck of Love’s Park, Ill.; sister, Deborah Blanck (Michael) Prentice of Rockford, Ill.; mother-in-law, Elda Brunsch of Jamestown, N.D.; sisters-in-law, Fern (Delmer) Sukut of Gackle, N.D., and Carol (Donald) Campbell of Hannaford, N.D.; brother-in-law, Dale (Bev) Brunsch of Woodworth, N.D.; nieces and nephews: Christine (Brian) Jenkins and their children, Emily Bronson and her children, John Williams, Melissa (Will) Kraklau and their children, Douglas (Shannon) Prentice, Derrick Prentice, Melanie (Dave) Cox and their children, Stephanie Blanck , Alex Blanck, Darrell (Devi) Brunsch and their children, Melaine Brunsch, Julie (Nick) Staloch and their child, Crystal (Kyle) Bosch and their child, April (Matt) Heinle and their children, and Bruce (Julie) Sukut and their child; a step-brother, Chuck Blanck; and 11 step-nieces and step-nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ione; step-father, Edward Blanck; father-in-law, Eduard Brunsch; and nephew, Brett Campbell. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Prince of Peace Church, West Salem. Pastor Jason Schockman will officiate. A visitation will begin at 5 p.m., and conclude with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Friday, and a visitation will also be held from 12 noon until the time of service, Saturday, both at Prince of Peace Church, West Salem. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at