Thomas J. Glab Sr.

Thomas J. Glab Sr.

Thomas J. Glab Sr., age 74, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:17 a.m., on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Tom’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Tom’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 12:00 noon on Monday at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born on February 5, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Eldon G. and Irene L. (Tanner) Glab.

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1965. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. Tom was a hard worker and would work a few different places before settling in with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his well-earned retirement. Tom was united in marriage to the love of his life, Georgia Herman, on January 20, 1967. They were blessed with 2 children, and 49 years of marriage together, before she sadly passed away on December 14, 2016. In his retirement he was especially fond of doting on his grandsons of whom he was especially proud. When he had some down time Tom enjoyed working on his classic cars, especially his Corvette and Volkswagen Beetle. He was a regular around town at all of the weekly classic car gatherings. Tom had an easy going, laid back personality which drew people to him. The kids always laughed that wherever he went he always knew someone. In his younger years Tom also enjoyed league bowling. Recently, he also enjoyed his relationship with Mary Lou Jacobi, after they had both lost their spouses, until her death in March of 2020. We are deeply saddened at losing Tom in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing he is now free of the health challenges he has faced so bravely these past months.

Those left to cherish Tom’s memory include

his children,
Sherrie (Michael) Brins, Verona, WI
and Tom (Laura) Glab Jr., Dubuque, IA;

3 grandsons,
Daniel Brins, John Glab and Robert Glab;

his siblings, Gary (Joni) Glab, East Dubuque, IL,
Eldon “Joe” (Phyllis) Glab, Omaha, NE
and Don (Deb) Glab, Dubuque, IA;
and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Glab.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Georgia Glab; and his brother, Terry Glab.
Tom’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their kindness and their compassionate and professional care of Tom.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Tom’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Thomas Glab Sr. Family.



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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
April 5th, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
April 5th, 2021 at 12:00 PM

5 condolences for Thomas J. Glab Sr.
  1. Brad Holdiman says:

    To my friend Tom!! You were always a light that shined whenever I got to see you. Always got a chuckle from your sense of humor!! You will be very missed!!!!! Rest in peace dude!!!

  2. Brad Holdiman says:

    To the family, especially Don, My first post was talking to Tom. I realized I needed to add this. To EVERYONE family or other,…I wish you my condolences for your loss!! It’s just not easy to deal with a loved one that is not here anymore! All of you take care!!!! Enjoy life whatever way it comes! Again, I give my condolences. Gonna miss Tom!!!!

  3. Mark Steiner says:

    My condolences to the entire Glab family. I’ll miss seeing Tom at local toy shows or car shows. Always enjoyed our little chats! Godspeed Tom!

  4. Ronnie and Donna Hayes says:

    To Tom’s family, We will miss Tom so much. He was first of all a wonderful friend and a guy you could count on if you needed him. We have know Tom since he was a boy, you always walked away from Tom feeling better then you did before, he had a wonderful sense of humor and he was a loyal and stout friend. Ronnie so enjoyed his visits and the time that they shared together whether it was working on a car or just enjoying each others company. He came over to see Ronnie faithfully since he had his stroke and Ronnie so looked forward to these afternoons they spent together. He will be greatly missed. RIP Tom.

  5. Jerry Wathen says:

    Don and family, so sorry for your loss! Wish I could have seen Tom one more time in these trying times! He had such a way of lifting your sprits, making you laugh and making you forget about your troubles, if just for a little while. I’m really gonna miss his sense of humor, great guy! RIP till we meet again.

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