ROSSVILLE – Richard Lee "Rick" Tomlinson Jr. of Rossville passed away at 10:04 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 4, 2012) at his home.
He was born March 23, 1956, in Danville to Richard Lee Sr. and Shirley L. Lyman Tomlinson. He married his wife of 34 years, Kathy J. Gallion, on Dec. 26, 1977, in Hume. She survives.
Also surviving are five children, Chris Tomlinson, Paul (Jasmine) Tomlinson, Tiffany (David Briggs) Tomlinson, Lori (Rob) Mallory and Beth (Steven) Phillips; his mother, Shirley; seven grandchildren, Anthony Taylor, Conner and Logan Tomlinson, Elizabeth, Caleb, and Gracie Briggs, and Baron Mallory; and a brother, David (Cindy) Tomlinson.
After graduating from Shiloh High School, Rick served his country in the U.S. Army from 1977-1989. Following his service, he worked in the Aerospace Division of Danville Metal Stamping as an inspector for 22 years.
Rick loved country music, and was an avid Cubs and NASCAR fan. He enjoyed camping and fishing and golfing, as well as celebrating his favorite holidays, Halloween and Christmas. Most of all, Rick was a loving husband, father, son and grandfather and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
A service to celebrate the life of Rick Tomlinson will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor Virgil Haynes Jr. will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday, also at Sunset in Danville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Please join Rick's family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com .