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Thomas Guild

March 29, 1938-March 12, 2019

ALPHA — Thomas E. Guild, 80, of Alpha, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at home.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha where memorials may be left to the ALS Association. Online condolences can be made at

Tom was born March 29, 1938, in Moline, to Alexander and Ione Hanson Guild. He graduated from Moline High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served as an air traffic controller from 1956-1960. While stationed in England, he met Shirley S. Bram, and they were united in marriage March 18, 1958, in Ramsgate, England.

He was employed for over 30 years at John Deere Plow and Planter Works in Moline, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing and boating.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three sons, David (Shawna) Guild of Anchorage, Alaska, Kevin Guild of Orlando, Fla., Thomas (Tina) Guild of Alexis; four grandchildren, Tab, Makayla, Maddy and Sloan; one sister, Betty Grace Franck of Rock Island; one brother, Leonard Guild of Alpha; several nieces and nephews.

His parents; and one sister, Tharon Leech, preceded him in death.

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