Thomas Peters McCormick, of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully in his home
Saturday, April 21, 2012.
He was born April 14, 1924 in Philo, Ill., the son of Thomas Patrick and
Edith Margaret (Peters) McCormick.
In 1952, he married Marjorie Jean Kness, who preceded him in death in 2003.
McCormick is survived by his sons Thomas (Katherine) McCormick of Long
Beach, Ind., and Edward (Sandra) McCormick of Clayton, Mo., and his daughter
Christina Schubert of Zionsville, Ind.; his grandchildren Heather Schubert,
Jennifer McCormick, Ryan McCormick, Eric Schubert, Megan McCormick and Ian
He is also survived by his special friend Alice Rudis, his brother John
McCormick and sisters Mary Edith (Joseph) Rorke, Patricia (Edward) Durham
and Madonna (William) Abrams.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rose Cardoni and brothers
Charles, Patrick and William.
He was a Sergeant in the US Army infantry during WWII and was among the
first to land at Utah Beach in Normandy, France and was fortunate to
re-visit the landing location in 2005 with his sons.
McCormick graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in civil
engineering. He worked for American Bridge after graduation and was involved
in several large projects including the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and
Tri-borough bridges in New York City and the Unisphere at the 1964-65 New
York World’s Fair.
In 1982, Tom retired from the Indiana Department of Highways as a Project
Engineer after becoming totally blind. For 26 years Tom courageously adapted
to his handicap. He was a fierce advocate for anyone he believed needed
assistance from a government agency or was entitled to special services.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be conducted on May 5,
2012, in Bongard, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to The Chicago
Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, 1850 West
Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL, 60608-1298 or to a charity of the donor’s
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