Thomas W. Singletary, 82, of Beloit, Wisconsin, passed away on February 5, 2014 at Beloit Memorial Hospital as a result of a brief, devastating illness. Born and raised in South Beloit, Illinois, the third child of Della (Wessell) and Elton Singletary. Tom attended the local schools, graduating in 1949 from South Beloit High School.
He married Mildred Fulton in 1950 and to this union were born two daughters, Pamela and Debra. In 1962, Mildred lost her battle with cancer. In 1964, Tom and Eleanor (Stultz-Sager) married. He immediately became a loving father to her children, Nikki, Tom, Tim and Annette (deceased infant). Two families became one, and into this blended union was born a son, Mark Thomas.
In his adult years, Tom was employed by Barber Coleman as a machinist, Muller Pinehurst Dairy as a milkman and he retired from Gardner Machine Company as a machinist. Retirement saw Tom venturing out to follow his dreams. They moved to Lakeview, Arkansas to enjoy milder winters and good fishing. After 11 years, they returned to this area to be close to family as health issues arose, making their home in Beloit, Wisconsin. He loved his family and was so proud of each one of them.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Eleanor; daughters, Pam (Jerry) Hansen and Debbie (Steve) Schroeder; son, Tim (Sheryll) Sager; and daughters-in-law, Kim Singletary and Sue Sager. There are 15 grandchildren to mourn his loss, Roger (Patty) Dennis, Jr., Elizabeth (Dan) Roman, Benn Sager, Anita Schenck, Craig (Angie) Hansen, Sean (Fay) Marchal, Jason (Katie) Marchal, Ryan Schroeder, Sarah Schroeder, Christopher (Deb) Sager, Joe Sager, Brittany and Alex Singletary, Amanda Bruner and Andrea Bruner. Tom was blessed with six great-grandchildren, Heather and Kristin Schenck, Kaylee Hansen, James and Devin Marchal and Ava McNett. Also survived by his brother, Eugene (Ruth) Singletary; two sisters, Jackie Reynolds and Patricia (Richard) Phillips; brothers-in-law, William Lendeman, Robert (Arlene) Stultz and William (Betty) Fulton; sisters-in-law, Lillian Johnson and Ginny Stultz; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his parents; in-laws; two daughters, Nikki Dennis and Annette Sager; two sons, Tom Sager and Mark Singletary; brothers-in-law, Robert Reynolds, George Stultz, Donald Stultz and Ralph Fulton; and sisters-in-law, Leone Lendeman, Janis Stultz and Doris Fulton.
Funeral service will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00am, with a visitation starting at 10:00am, in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Roscoe Chapel, 11342 Main Street, Roscoe, IL 61073. There will also be a visitation at the funeral home Friday night, February 14, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beloit Regional Hospice. Burial in Roscoe Cemetery.