FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Oscar “Tom” L. Ferguson Jr. passed away on February 13, 2009, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute. Oscar was born in LaSalle, Ill., on September 27, 1925, and lived in Savanna, Ill., before retiring to Fort Pierce, Fla.

He was born to Oscar Sr. and Mable Ferguson. Oscar Jr. and Peggy were married June 14, 1947.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Seabees 28th Special Battalion in the Pacific. After the war, he went into the Naval Reserve where he was a chief warrant officer when he retired. He was a Navy veteran for over 42 years. He was also a yardmaster for the Milwaukee Railroad for 30 years.

He was a member of both the American Legion and VFW associations. Oscar enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, going on cruises and watching “Jeopardy.”

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Ferguson of Fort Pierce; a daughter, Kathy (Eddie) Van Brocklin of Mount Carroll, Ill.; grandchildren, Dusty (Betsy) Van Brocklin of Leesburg, Va., and Dustina Van Brocklin of Louisville, Ky.; sisters, Mildred Amos of Fort Pierce, Lois Powell of Mundeline, Ill., Joyce Lejcor of Sebring, Fla., and Donna Brewer of Fort Pierce; and a sister-in-law, Donna Ferguson of Savanna, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bennie and Jack Ferguson.

Services are being planned for April in Arlington, Va., with a memorial service to follow in Savanna, Ill.

Death date: Feb. 13, 2009

This Week's Circulars