Obituaries

Thomas P. DeSchepper

February 20, 1960 - April 14, 2020

Thomas  P.  DeSchepper

Obituary

Thomas P. DeSchepper

Tom DeSchepper passed away on April 14th, 2020.  Tom was born in 1960 and was age 60 at his death.  Tom was a thoughtful, considerate, and respectful person.  Tom had a gentle soul (until someone needing protecting, then he was a force to be reckoned with).  He enjoyed cooking, watching movies, traveling, skiing with his sons and cheering together at the Atlanta Braves games, golfing, swimming, and being with his family, and we can all attest to Tom’s clever humor and wit.  Tom had a great life!  In the pictures we all have, we can see that in his huge smiles!   Tom worked his lifelong professional career in Atlanta Georgia, and returned to his hometown of Rockford Illinois in 2018.  Tom and Debbie Fichera DeSchepper, previously married, raised and shared their love of their two sons, Coleman and Christian, in Atlanta.  Coleman and Christian were Tom’s greatest joy and he so loved each of them.  Tom was so proud of the fine young men that they have become.  Coleman is now in college, and Christian is graduating from high school and on his way to college.  Last October, Tom and Christian viewed Purdue University together in West Lafayette Indiana while also visiting Aunt Bet and cousins who welcomed them with open arms.  Tom treasured that experience with Christian.  Tom earned his University of Illinois Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Engineering.  Tom’s life long career position was as an Enterprise Software Sales Executive closing many software deals with Fortune 500 accounts.  His career had him traveling the U.S., and to countries such as England and Germany.  Tom could work a phone, computer, and airline reservations like magic.  Tom’s other family members are his sister Dorian DeSchepper (Gabe Javurek), brother Roger DeSchepper (Beth DeSchepper and Beth’s son Drew and daughter Sarah), sister Debra Gay (Perry Gay), sister Lindsey DeSchepper, brother Derek DeSchepper, nephew Kyle Gay (Erin Gay and great nephew Carter Gay), nephew Ryan Gay, Roger’s daughter/Tom’s niece Grace DeSchepper, Aunt Lee Gray, Aunt Rose Maxwell and Uncle Jim Maxwell, and all of our cousins. Tom loved his close friends Chris and Liz Moore.  Tom is predeceased by his mother Jean DeSchepper, and his father Ronald DeSchepper.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services are private.

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Cremation rites have been accorded. Services are private.

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Dori,
I just googled Tom’s name to see if I could locate him to share a funny memory that recently resurfaced and found his obituary. I sit here tying in an absolute state of shock! I am so sorry for your loss and if willing, I would appreciate hearing from you and learning more. Tom and I dated way back in the 80’s and remained friends until we fell out of touch. He was so dedicated to your mother, which I always admired as she was wonderful as well. I just can’t believe it! Again, my sincere condolences and if you are ever up to talking, my phone number is 303.507.5524. Sincerely, Kathleen Colucci, Denver, CO.

Kathleen Colucci 2021-08-30T19:13:48

Dear Dori and family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. My heart aches for you all. With love, Candace McMahon

Candace McMahon 2020-04-23T11:57:13

Debbie & Perry
We’re So Sorry for Your Families Loss!
Sincere Condolences
John & Micky

John & Micky Kruschke 2020-04-23T08:57:35

Tom was a fraternity brother at Illinois – part of the Guilford contingent in the Pike House. He was one of those unique personalities who warmed every room he entered. I have nothing but fond memories of Tom. Our most sincere condolences to his family.

Dave Peterson 2020-04-18T12:49:26

Tom and I were acquaintances in high school. I know that he was outgoing, friendly and well liked. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss. Peace to all of you.

Tim Tollefsrud 2020-04-17T20:49:39

We’re sorry to hear of Toms passing. He is resting in peace now.

Joyce and John Fitzsimmons 2020-04-17T20:45:05

So sorry for the loss of Tom. May he Rest In Peace.

Joyce Fitzsimmons 2020-04-17T20:41:56

I pray Tom rests in peace. It was wonderful that we had the opportunity to spend time with Tom and Christian as Christian visited Purdue last year here in Lafayette.
My prayers are for Tom. And also for Deb, Roger, and Dorian in this difficult time.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may the perpetual light shine on him.

Michael Gray 2020-04-17T17:59:09

We got to know Tom better when we moved to Florida, back in 1989. He took Jim out golfing for Jim’s first time (Jim lost 15 balls). The condos were never the same at Deer Creek Country Club. I will always remember Tom’s smile.
Aunt Rose & Uncle Jim

rose & jim maxwell 2020-04-17T13:38:22

I always looked up to Tom. He had a great soul. Always very kind and good to Dorian and I. Hearing this news saddens me deeply. I’m sure momma Jean greeted him at the Gates. Peace to all of you in this difficult time. Love you all

Mike Gifford 2020-04-17T12:20:58

Dorian – I am so sorry to hear about Tom. Take care, and remember the good times.

Vicki Gifford-Rafferty 2020-04-16T23:43:12

My deepest sympathy to Tom’s family.

Richard DeSchepper 2020-04-16T14:02:49

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