Send Flowers Email Print

Thomas G. Phistry, Jr.

Born: 1953     Died: 2014

Thomas G. Phistry, Jr.

Thomas G. Phistry, Jr. Loving father of Julie (Mike) Kelley, Valerie Walsh and Joseph Phistry. Cherished grandfather of Katie, Matt and Jack. Dear brother of Pattie James, Joanne (John) Janik, David (Renee) Phistry, Karen (Roger) Martin and Donna (Len) Tornga. Fond uncle and friend to many. Resting at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park where services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am. Interment private. Visitation Monday 3 to 9 pm. Member of Academy of Model Aeronautics, Grundy Area Aeromodelers, Joliet Radio Control Club, Inc. and Palos RC. In lieu of flowers donations to American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe, Suite #3420, Chicago, IL 60603 appreciated. 708-614-9900 or


September 22, 2014  3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brady-Gill, Tinley Park   -   Map
16600 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park


September 23, 2014
Tinley Park chapel

Final Disposition:

Interment private



rodney garrett 09-24-2014 17:51

Tom u e erected one of the greatest people I ever met u always had time for us less intelligent people always felt so proud just to be ur friend.

Thomas Chostner 09-24-2014 17:01

I am a sales rep for Wonderware and met Tom about 15 years ago working with him on various projects. Tom and I became very good friends, shared our time talking about applications, his work at the plant and, of course, his absolute passion for flying model airplanes. He was so passionate about his job and his family. He was kind and generous and always willing to help whenever needed. I will miss Tom a great deal and am deeply saddened that this happened at his retirement. May I wish his family my deepest sympathy. Regards, Tom Chostner

Joe Limon 09-22-2014 10:33

Tom was a good man with a good heart. I first met Tom over 25 years ago when we were teamed up as off-shift maintenance crew. Tom made an immediate impact on me on how smart he was with an eidetic memory to go with it. Tom and I would be working on something and he would say remember we worked on this last year and … and he would recall all the details. When I started working with Tom all I knew about electricity was where to plug a device into. He not only got me interested but mentored me in the beginning. He had the patience for when I started asking the proverbial ten thousand questions why. This alone is a reflection on his character on how willing he was to help others.

Tom you will be missed.

Greg Wagensomer 09-22-2014 09:08

Dearest Tom,
I am so sadden by your untimely passing. Although we never became personal friends you were always their at the flying field or gym when I would show up and we flew together there.
I've always believed there was a flying filed in heaven and some day I would meet all my past flying buddies there.
So the day will come when we too will meet again.
Thanks you for all the good times and your shared knowledge and kindness. God always seems to take the best ones homes way before their time. I guess he needs good people in heaven too.
Good bye Tom, you will be missed by many.

Ralph Butz 09-22-2014 06:56

Tom was undoubtedly the best controls engineer I have met in my 35 years in the chemical industry. He taught me a great deal in the 6 years we worked in controls group at Stepan.
One fond memory I have of Tom is driving him crazy by telling him, "This can't be done on this control system." He'd drive himself relentlessly until he found a way to do it! And his solutions were incredibly creative and ingenious!

Rick Liberson 09-21-2014 12:09

I met Tom 20 years ago in the electric shop at Stepan. You can't really express in a few words what a person meant to you but Tom was an intelligent man with endless passion for learning and doing things the right way. Whether it was automating a plant, building an operating system, flying a plane Tom always seemed to know the best way to do it and would share his knowledge generously. Tom touched my life and I've been saddened since hearing about his untimely passing. It is hard to think of the world without him in it. Rest in peace brother. I will miss you always.

Chip Goodman 09-21-2014 11:17

Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the Phistry’s family at this very difficult time. Thomas Phistry and the Phistry family is in our prayers.

Michelle Strenk 09-21-2014 09:30

Tom, I only meet you once but I instantly felt welcome in your home by your warm inviting smile and kind and gentle hello! You were taken much too soon and you will be terribly missed!
Thank you for always taking such good care of my dearest Valerie and Katie! And I know you will continue to watch over them.

Nick Maggio 09-21-2014 08:40

Tom was easily one of the nicest people I ever met generously always willing to help with my planes at the field. It was truly an honor to be in his company and for the very short time I got to know him. My deepest condolences to his family and all those who loved him.

Jeannine and M Arend 09-20-2014 23:48

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Tom was a wonderful man. He was always so kind to us. I will never forget his calm and friendly demeanor and his warm smile. God took him home much too soon, but I'm sure he reserved a very special place in heaven for him.

All our love,
Jeannine and Mallet


Sign Guestbook

Security code

Please enter the characters from the gray box above.
If they are unclear, click Refresh or the box itself for a new set of characers.