COBDEN — Thomas Herloph Sather, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at his home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1941, in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Herloph Ingvaald and Clara Marie (Mayer) Sather.
He married his best friend, Ginger Whiting on Sept. 4, 1965, in Carbondale.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Ginger Sather of Cobden; son, Erik (Penny) Sather of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Molly Sather of Houston, Texas; brothers, Ronald (Barb) Sather of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Norman (Fran) Hartman of Palm Coast, Florida; sister-in- law, Sharon Satterlee of Rockford; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Thomas attended Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1966 during the Vietnam War.
He attained degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Thomas was a teacher. He also owned his own chiropractic practice in Washington, was a skilled woodworker, and always an extremely gifted artist. Thomas was a member of the Cobden Lodge No. 446 AF & AM for more than 50 years as well as several other Masonic affiliations.
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro, with Pastor Mark Hasty officiating. Interment will be in Anna City Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Navy Funeral Honor Detail. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until the service hour at 2 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home.
Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden is in charge of arrangements.
To view the obituary and leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.