Thomas J. Kolke

October 6, 1950 ~ February 6, 2021 (age 70)


Thomas J. Kolke, 70, of Logansport, formerly of (Hegewisch) Chicago, IL and Chicago Heights, IL, passed away on Saturday February 6,2021 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

Born on October 6, 1950 in Hammond, IN, Thomas was the son of Thaddeus “Ted” and Rose (Lis) Kolke.

On May 2, 1981 in Chicago Heights, IL, he married Melody L. Pew who survives.

Surviving are three children, Jim (Stacey) Kolke; Niki (Dave) Liebig, Elizabeth (Ken) Miller; one brother, Ted (Linda) Kolke; godchild, Tad (Christina) Kolke, and great nephew TJ Kolke; several nieces and nephews.

Tom grew up in (Hegewisch) Chicago, IL working at his parent’s bakery, Magic Oven Pastries in Hegewisch, IL. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School and Western Illinois University and attended John Marshall Law School.

Tom was the former co-owner of Kosta’s Deli alongside his wife in Chicago Heights, IL. After moving to Logansport, Tom became a deputy with the Carroll County Sheriffs Dept. Most recently Tom was a co-owner of Melody’s Estate Sale in Logansport, IN and became an auctioneer after graduating from Reppert’s School of Auctioneering in 2017.

Tom loved spending time at his home on Sugar Island in the U.P..  No one was a stranger to Tom, he was an easy going guy and always enjoyed striking up a conversation.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Florian Catholic Church, 13145 South Houston Ave, Chicago, IL 60633. Entombment will take place privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.

Tom was always fond of animals and made sure to go out of his way to take care of them. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Cass County Humane Society.

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