Thomas "Tom" Peters

  • Born: October 15, 1956
  • Died: January 25, 2020
  • Location: Johnsburg, Illinois

Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Tel. (815) 385-0063

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas "Tom" Peters, of Johnsburg, IL, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 25, 2020 at the age of 63.
Born on October 15, 1956, Tom was one of six children and grew up in Franklin Park and Rosemont, IL. He married Pamela Settles on June 7, 1980. They moved to Johnsburg, IL in 1991 and began their business American Custom Woodworking in 1994.
Tom was very proud of the business and life he and Pam worked so hard to create. He also played hard, enjoying golf, travel, and the outdoors. His family, though, was always his primary focus, proving time and time again that he would do anything for them.
Tom is survived by the love of his life and wife of nearly 40 years, Pam (Settles) Peters; his loving daughters Molly (David) Reis and Rebecca (Sean) Peters; his beloved grandchildren, Audrey, Lily, Thomas, and James; and many cherished family and friends. He will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Aaron and Lucille Peters and brother Steven Peters.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050. Additional visitation for family and friends is on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding with a service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tom's name may be directed to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at or FISH of McHenry Food Pantry at
Please contact the funeral home at (815) 385-0063 or


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh Pam, I just now learned of Tom's passing. I am so sorry and heartbroken, even though I haven't seen you guys in many years given I live in Colorado. I've been thinking of so many friends from school, and actually watched my 1986 wedding video recently. You and Tom (and Annalisa and her Tom) are on it a lot - dancing, etc. So much fun! I do think that's the last time I saw you all together. I remember your beautiful wedding too. I'm so very sorry to read this news. As a former cancer patient (stage 3 ovarian) , I can relate to the challenges and fear a diagnosis holds and how it affects family and friends. My deepest condolences go to you and your girls, and my love always for our friendship. Until we meet again - please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Nancy (Winters) Wright

Posted by Nancy Wright - Thornton, CO - Friend   June 28, 2020

Dearest Pam and Family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Although I haven't seen Tom in many years, he was a great friend in elementary school, high school, and beyond. I will always treasure the memories of being teammates on the high school swim team; in fact, we were co-captains of the swim team our senior year. Tom was always the friend that you wanted by your side in times of need, and he was always a great friend to share good times and a good laugh.
Gene and Sue Germain (Scottsdale, AZ)

Posted by Gene and Sue Germain - Scottsdale, AZ - Friend   January 29, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Pam. May your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.
Peace to all.

Elsie Munson

Posted by Elsie Munson - Mchenry, IL   January 29, 2020


I am sadden by Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Scott C. Schnabel WSI Machinery.

Posted by Scott Schnabel - Wauconda, IL - Friend   January 28, 2020

Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.

Posted by Vince Mendrano - Bloomingdale, IL - Coworker   January 28, 2020

Pam ,our thoughts are with you and your family. Tom was a wonderful man. His spirit, integrity and honor will live on with all of us.We will miss him dearly as will anyone who's life he has touched.

Posted by Dan & Kathy Horn - Cary, IL - Coworker   January 27, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Prayers to you and your family. Mark & Kathi Niggemann

Posted by Kathi Niggemann - Johnsburg, IL - Acquaintance   January 27, 2020


Dear Pam, Molly and Becky,
We are so very sorry your loss of Tom. He will be greatly missed. There are some very wonderful memories and will always be very special. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Waly and Carol Braun

Posted by Wally and Carol Braun - Mchenry, IL - Friend   January 27, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear about your great loss. Tom was a consummate craftsman and I was fortunate to have had him work on our projects. It was always a joy to collaborate with someone so knowledgeable and professional as Tom. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Alex Krikhaar

Posted by Alexander Krikhaar - Chicago, IL - Coworker   January 27, 2020

Sue, Barb and all the family. We are so saddened to hear about Tom. 63 is so young. Also we never heard about Steven. Condolences to all.

Posted by Bob and Louise Heselbarth - Palatine, IL - Family   January 27, 2020

Dear Pam and family, Please accept my deepest condolences in Toms passing. I considered Tom a friend playing golf now and then beyond our work relationship at Continental back in the 90's. He will be missed!
Ron Meyers

Posted by Ronald Meyers - West Chicago, IL - Friend   January 27, 2020

I so sorry for your loss and hope the love and memories will be the strength you will have to sustain all.

Posted by Paul Hanrahan - Johnsburg, IL - Friend   January 27, 2020

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