Tom Wirth

Tom J. Wirth, 80, of Elwood passed away on Sunday evening, Dec. 30, 2018, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Tom’s life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at the Elwood, Iowa, Cemetery.

Tomme Joe “Tom” Wirth was born on May 29, 1938, in Maquoketa to John Alexander and Clara (Peet) Wirth. He was a 1956 graduate of Elwood High School and then attended one year of college in Fairfield, Iowa. He married Janet Kaszinski on June 20, 1959, in Welton, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Pam and Jane. Janet preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1998. He later married Carol Wolter Benton on Nov. 10, 2000, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom farmed in the Elwood area his whole life. In retirement, he worked seasonally for River Valley Coop until becoming ill in October 2018.

Tom was a member of Elwood United Methodist Church. He enjoyed having coffee with friends, reading, playing cards, and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He especially loved his job with the Coop and visiting with the farmers.

Those left to honor Tom’s memory include his wife, Carol Wirth of Elwood, Iowa; daughters, Pam (Joe) Loschiavo of Port Jefferson, New York, and Jane (Chris) Samec of Bettendorf, Iowa; stepchildren, Bill Benton of Durant, Iowa, Brett (Jackie) Benton of Phoenix, Arizona, and Darcie (Paul) Sly of St. Louis, Missouri; four grandchildren, Christine (Ryan) Sammy, Shannon (Frank) Siegel, TJ Wold and Ellie Samec; five step-grandchildren, Alex Benton, Cami Benton, Katie Benton, Lydia Sheehan and Harlan Sheehan; and four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Clara, Callum and Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Janet.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Elwood United Methodist Church or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

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