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Tom Karlin

June 26, 1952 — May 25, 2019

Tom Karlin

Tom Karlin


Age 66 of Morris, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Born June 26, 1952 in Morris, Illinois, Thomas Patrick was a son of Eugene James and Bernice Ione (Hagen) Karlin. He was raised and educated in Morris; graduated from Morris Community High School with the Class of 1970 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1974.

Over the years, Tom lived in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Libertyville, Illinois before returning home to Morris. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1024 in Morris and the American Legion. His employment included working at various bars in the area, Mirro Aluminum in Manitowoc and WCSJ Radio Station. Following his retirement in 2017 Tom also worked part-time at Wal-Mart in Morris.

Moose was an avid sports fan who followed both the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as the Chicago Bears. He loved horse racing and music, and enjoyed Summerfest in Milwaukee. In years past, Tom also did umpiring for both little league and high school baseball.

Survivors include one brother, Gene Karlin of Greenfield, Wisconsin; one sister-in-law, Sandra Karlin of Flushing, New York, one niece, Kara Hanko and one nephew, Ryan Karlin, as well as several cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: John “Jackie” Karlin and Robert Karlin, and one sister, Marlene Childs.

Green flameless cremation rites have been accorded.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service, 3:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 408 East Washington Street (one block east of Illinois Route 47) in Morris. Inurnment will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Morris, where Tom will be laid to rest with his parents.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Tom’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Tom’s memorial page online by logging onto:

Green flameless cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris. (815-942-2500)

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