Thomas William Barger

Born: Thu., Jan. 28, 1954
Died: Fri., Aug. 28, 2020


Graveside Service

12:30 PM Tue., Sep. 01, 2020
Location: Blue River Cemetery


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Thomas William Barger, 66 of rural Pittsfield, Illinois passed away on August 28, 2020 at his home.  He was born on January 28, 1954 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Cecil and Annabelle Sanderson Ormord.  Tom married Susan Snader on June 7, 1975 in Crystal Lake, Illinois at the First Congregational Church with the  Detroit pastor Steve Lang officiating.

Tom grew up in Waukegan, Ill where his mother remarried to Don Barger, who then adopted Tom.  They then moved to McHenry, Illinois and this is where Tom graduated from McHenry High School in 1972.  He went on to attend McHenry County college. Tom then moved to Pittsfield in 1974 to begin his dream of farming with his grandfather, Harold Sanderson.  After his grandfather passed, Tom farmed by himself for many years until his daughter and son-in-law Billy returned back to Pittsfield and will now take over the family farm.

Tom was an avid member in the Pike County Community.  He was a dedicated long-standing member of the Detroit Christian Church, where he served as an elder, and taught Sunday School.  In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling , golfing, and playing in the church softball league.  Tom also enjoyed  coaching and being a 4-H leader for his children and the  local youth. Tom loved his family wholeheartedly and was always ready with a smile and a laugh for his 4 grandchildren.  They loved to take tractor and combine rides with Apa/Papa and he was the best snuggler for a book or to watch t.v.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Susan Barger, two daughters, Becky (Billy) Fitzmaurice of Pittsfield, Jennie (Tommy) Hannon of Shorewood, Illinois and one son Daniel (Kelsey) Barger of Davenport, Iowa.  Four grandchildren: Clara, Miriam, Elyren Fitzmaurice and Kaden Hannon.  Three brothers;  Stephen (Debra) Ormord, of Dodge City, Kansas, David Barger of Gurnee, Ill. and Rick Barger of Pittsfield, Ill; stepsister Donna Barger Jensen and several special nieces and nephews survive.

Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents Harold and Clara Sanderson, mother Annabelle Sanderson Barger, father Cecil Ormord and stepfather Donald Barger and stepsister Anita Barger Ambrose.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM at Blue River Cemetery in Detroit.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Detroit Christian Church or the Blue River Cemetery.  Online Condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organizations:

Blue River Cemetery
Detroit, IL

Detroit Christian Church

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Bruce Lacey
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Marilyn Chamberlain, Paula (Chamberlain)McLaughlin and family
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Sue, Becky, Jennie and Daniel
I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing
So many memories of our times at camp and youth group when he was at the farm
Tom was a special man who will be truly missed by all
Neither Mom or I can be at the service but know your family is in our thoughts and prayers


Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We have so many happy memories of watching our sons grow up together. Daniel has been part of our family and you have treated Alex like family also. One of my favorite memories was the joint graduation party you graciously hosted at your farm. It was obvious to anyone who knows your family that Tom was a strong man of faith who loved his family and he will live on through the lives of his children and grandchildren. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Darwin and Lisa Feenstra and family

Dave and Mona Fitzmaurice
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Tom was such a caring person, we were truly blessed to have known him. May his memories comfort you during this time.

Craig and Caree Collver
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Dear Sue, Becky and family, Jennie and family, Dan and wife,
We are so very sorry for your families at this time. We have a lot of fond memories of times with our families and cherish your friendship.
With much regret, we are unable to be at Tom's service as we are on our way to California. We will be there in spirit and prayers will continue for peace and comfort during this time. Much Christian love for each of you, Craig and Caree

Renee' Schulz
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
My heart is with you, even though I cannot be there Tuesday. Please know you are in my prayers and my thoughts to find joy in your memories and comfort in each other. Sending love and hugs to all of you.

Janice Swartz
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Tom will be missed.

Alan Mitchell
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Prayers from the Hunters from Georgia!
We are very sad to hear of Toms Passing and cherished the visits and conversations every year while hunting the farm. Tom will be dearly missed and we pray for peace and comfort for the family in this difficult time.

Sincerely, Alan Mitchell and all those who have had the pleasure to meet Tom over the years.

Greg and Carolyn Dickerson & family
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you deal with your loss and celebrate a life well lived! We were all very fortunate to have crossed paths with Tom! Greg & Carolyn Dickerson & family

Deborah Schlieper
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Brian Schlieper and family.

With our sympathy. Brian Schlieper and family


Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Sending our sincere condolences at the loss of your loved one

Anderson's Garage
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences from all the Anderson families & employees at Anderson's Garage.

Mark and Sherry Hubbard
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
You all are in our hearts and our prayers today. Hoping all the wonderful memories are a comfort in the days ahead. Thankful Jesus made a way for us all to be together again one day. Sending our love and hugs. 💔

alan Mitchell
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020

Florist selection was sent by Alan Mitchell .

Our deepest sympathy, from the Georgia Hunters.


Bob and Hyla Lehenbauer
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
Sue and family. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Tom was an amazing man. Precious memories of snowmobiling and church activities.
Joyce, Janet and Jane also send their sympathies. Will be unable to attend the services but we will be there with you in spirit. May God Bless you all and comfort you.

Dennis and Judy Douglas
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
To Tom's Loved Ones:
Am already missing Tom as I'm sure you all are. He was like a big Rock , tough, always there and you could count on him to help out whenever he was needed. Didn't even have to ask most times, if he knew there was a need he was there. Will cherish our journey through the past years forever and so very thankful to have known him. Any time you need any of us we are just a phone call or text away. We need many more people just like him and I'm sure his grandchildren are getting a great start from knowing him and being raised in his shadow forever. Love you all, Judy and Dennis

Sandra carpenter
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
Dear Sue,
I think of you so often and about being your "neighbor" at PHS for my years there. My thoughts and prayers join with all the others in sending you our love and concern. Precious are the memories that you and your entire family have made through all your years together. Let them comfort you in the days ahead.
My time at PHS was enriched by your presence.
Sandy Carpenter

Jaime and Reginald Liehr
   Posted Wed September 09, 2020
Sue, girls and Daniel, I am so sorry for Toms passing. He was a wonderful man. I am just so thankful he married us, it was such a special thing time and he did a wonderful job. So many memories! Treasure them! Love Jaime and Reginald and the boys

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