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Thomas Peters McCormick passed away

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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 McCormick.

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 choice.

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Posted 4/23/2012