In loving memory of

Tom J. Wirth
May 29, 1938 - December 30, 2018

Tom J. Wirth, 80, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Tomme Joe "Tom" Wirth was born on May 29, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Alexander and Clara (Peet) Wirth. He was a 1956 graduate of Elwood High School and then attended one year of college in Fairfield, Iowa. He married Janet Kaszinski on June 20, 1959 in Welton, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Pam and Jane. Janet preceded him in death on October 11, 1998. He later married Carol Wolter Benton on November 10, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom farmed in the Elwood area his whole life. In retirement, he worked seasonally for River Valley Coop until becoming ill in October of 2018.

Tom was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He enjoyed having coffee with friends, reading, playing cards, and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He especially loved his job with the Coop and visiting with the farmers.

Those left to honor Tom's memory include his wife, Carol Wirth of Elwood, IA; daughters, Pam (Joe) Loschiavo of Port Jefferson, NY, and Jane (Chris) Samec of Bettendorf, IA; step-children, Bill Benton of Durant, IA, Brett (Jackie) Benton of Phoenix, AZ, and Darcie (Paul) Sly of St. Louis, MO; 4 grandchildren, Christine (Ryan) Sammy, Shannon (Frank) Siegel, TJ Wold and Ellie Samec; 5 step-grandchildren, Alex Benton, Cami Benton, Katie Benton, Lydia Sheehan and Harlan Sheehan; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Clara, Callum and Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Janet.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood United Methodist Church or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

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Richard and Joann McMahon wrote on Jan 3, 2019:

"Pam, Jane and famiies..... We are sorry to hear of your dad's passing. As we are not going to be able to be there, please know we are sending sympathy and hugs to all. "

Molly Sly wrote on Jan 3, 2019:

"Sweet Carol and Darcie, My heart is aching with you and for you. I am so so sorry. I feel really lucky to have met Tube, who I know you both loved so dearly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know these things are never easy,but maybe it is nice to know that you have an amazing guardian angel to help guide you through. Love you lots. Love, Molly "

Karhleen Connell wrote on Jan 3, 2019:

"My deepest sympathies to Tom?s family. You all are in my prayers. "

Danny Sly wrote on Jan 3, 2019:

"Carol, Darcie, Family & Friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Tube was so great and always welcomed everyone with open arms. I am so grateful that I was able to meet tube and spend time with him. He was an incredible person and was so kind. I am praying for all of you during these hard times. I love you all. Love, Danny Sly"

Maggie Sly Lindner wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

"Carol, Darcie, and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Tube. He was an amazing man who will be deeply missed. We will always remember his gentle smile and kind nature- he was a really special guy. Kyle and I are sending you lots of love and prayers during this difficult time. We love you. Love, Maggie and Kyle "

Lee and Pat Wirth wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

"We are sorry to hear of Tom?s passing, and sad we can not attend his services. Tom and I grew up only a mile apart, and he was like a brother to our whole family. We will miss him Lee & Pat Wirth"

Jim House wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

"A great guy with a ready smile and a great sense of humor! Let us not forget his sweet baseline jump shot. "

Jill Walton wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

"Oh will be greatly missed. I am so lucky I got to meet you and share a few laughs. Carol, Pam and my dear Jane please find your memories will help ease the loss of this great man. Prayers and hugs. "

Judy Bowling wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

" Tom "Tube" will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever."

Traute(Kinkel-Klaus) &Dr.Klaus-Peter Braun wrote on Jan 2, 2019:

"We are very sad to hear that Tom has passed away. We remember him and his wife well,when they have visit us in Germany and our visit on his farm.Our deepest condolences Traute (Kinkel-Klaus) and Dr.klaus-Peter Braun Überlingen Germany ,auf dem Stein 26."

Terre Herkelman wrote on Jan 1, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss! Have so many good memories of Tom! Terre and Judy Herkelman"

Your Name Jackie Benton wrote on Jan 1, 2019:

"Carol, We will all miss Tube so much. I wish he could still be with us, but I'm thankful you had each other for these last 18 years. We will always remember our times together in Arizona and Iowa. Thank you for all you did for him, especially in the last two months. We know it wasn't easy for you. Alex and Cami send their thoughts and prayers to you and Brett and I will be there soon. Take care and get some rest."

Kerstin wrote on Jan 1, 2019:

"Dear Pam, Jane and Carol, I'm so sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. I still have many great memories of my stay on your farm - ever though it's a long time ago! I will keep him in my heart! Love... Kerstin and family"

Joyce Paarmann Polka wrote on Jan 1, 2019:

"I am sorry I cannot be with you. My thoughts, prayers, and memories will always be with you, Carol. "

Lori Benischek wrote on Jan 1, 2019:

"So sorry to hear of your loss, keeping you all in my prayers."

Tracy Lynne Benton wrote on Dec 31, 2018:

"A good heart has stopped beating, but a heart that has touched so many lives can?t help but live on in those it loved. All my love to you, Aunt Carol. And to the entire family. "

Barb wrote on Dec 31, 2018:

"My heart is heavy and my eyes are full of tears such a wonderful man. Heaven gained an angel Rip Tom I will always remember you. My thoughts an prayers go out to all of you. "

Lisa Hansen Cunningham wrote on Dec 31, 2018:

"My deepest condolences. Lisa Hansen Cunningham"

Janet House Burnett wrote on Dec 31, 2018:

"So sorry to hear about Tom, he was a great guy, will keep you and your family in my prayers."

Wayne & Barbara wrote on Dec 31, 2018:

"Carol, Jane and family. You have our deepest sympathy. We are out of state and can't be there personally but will keep you in our prayers. Wayne & Barbaea Mayberry"