Thomas E. Newby, 75, of Wood River, passed away at 6:38 pm Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.
He was born on April 11, 1940, in Plainview, Ill., the son of Albert L. and Vida R. (Greenwalt) Newby.
He married Fayetta L. Ross on Jan. 28, 1960, in Carlinville. She preceded him in death.
Thomas was a machinist/furnace operator at Olin Corp. for 28 years.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Larry and Pamela Newby of South Roxana, Ronald and Sherry Newby of Wood River and Rachel and Buddy McGee of Wood River; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Brady of Divernon, Ill., and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Thomas Dean Newby, and infant granddaughter, Mary Grace; two brothers, an infant brother, Louis Newby, and Edward Newby; and a sister, Alene Mohart.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Pat Heston officiating.
Burial will follow at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
An online condolence and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.