Thomas J. Throgmorton

Nov 4th, 1923 - May 22nd, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, May. 31st, 2019 4-6 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, May. 31st, 2019 5:30 pm

Thomas J. Throgmorton

Thomas Jefferson Throgmorton, age 95, of Marion, passed away at his home at 9:07am on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, with his loving family at his side.

Just a simple country boy, Thomas Jefferson Throgmorton – the son of Thomas Jefferson and Edith (Chitty) Throgmorton was born in Goreville, Illinois on November 4, 1923. Tom was a proud Army Air Corp Veteran during World War II piloting P-47 Thunderbolts. Following his service, Tom attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry. It was at SIU where Tom met the love of his life, Julia Catherine Schmitt (or as he called her, “J.C.”). The two were married on July 9, 1949, in the small town of Wendelin, Illinois. Tom was able to provide for Julia her dream of sailing around the world. He was always proud and excited to join his wife on her worldly sailing adventures. Julia preceded him in death on September 5, 2016.

During his college years and into the early 1950s, Tom played the steel guitar and fiddle in a band called the Fredman Gang. Here he played alongside friends including the late Hank Wright of Herrin and the late Judge Snyder Howell. The 1950s is also when Tom began to work for Universal Match Corporation located in the Crab Orchard Ordill area.

Tom went on to become the co-founder of Central Technology Incorporated of Herrin as a chemical engineer. Here he worked on the SR-71 Blackbird Program, as well as the Gemini Program, which was instrumental in the space race. He also designed and developed the original net trap cannons, the purpose of which is to launch nets over wildlife for safe capture. In September of 1970, Tom founded Winn-Star, a defense contractor. Winn-Star continues to operate today under the guidance of Tom’s grandson, Tristan Throgmorton. After building Winn-Star, Tom co-founded South Pointe Bank in the early 1990s. Tom served as a director on the board of South Pointe during his tenure. In 2012, Tom founded South Porte where he served as Chairman of the Board.

Tom was a lifelong member of the Republican Party and the NRA. Tom was a Master of the Foxhound Association of North America since 1968. As a Master of foxhounds, he was instrumental in bringing mounted horseback fox hunting to Southern Illinois. Carrying out his love of boating, Tom was a founding member of the Crab Orchard Boating and Yacht Club at the original marina in Carterville. He was involved on the Williamson County Fair Board, a member of the Egyptian Colt Stakes Organization, and a proud Mason within the Wolf Creek Masonic Lodge. Tom was very proud to watch his son Winston pursue a career in law and build his practice in Marion. He enjoyed coffee with Tristan each morning before work, telling Rachel to stay away from boys, and eating crawfish at Randol’s with Roddy.

           A simple country boy, he left one hell of a legacy.

Survivors include his son- Winston Cole Throgmorton of Marion Grandson- Tristan Thomas and wife Jessica Throgmorton of rural Carbondale Grandson- Roderick Vincent Paul Throgmorton of Marion Granddaughter- Rachel Rose Throgmorton of Marion Two Great Grandsons- Jackson and Lincoln Throgmorton of rural Carbondale Brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Several nieces and nephews Host of beloved friends and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents- Thomas Jefferson Throgmorton, Sr. and Edith (Chitty) Throgmorton, his loving wife of 67years- Julia Catherine (Schmitt) Throgmorton, two brothers, and four sisters.

A time of visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 4-6:00 pm and a moment of reflection at 5:30 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: David W. Jent

    From: Phoenix, Arizona

    Date: May 25, 2019

    As the brother-in-law of Rick Hudson, I wanted to express my condolences to your family, as it is with utmost respect for a very good man that has offered a tenured friendship to Rick and my sister Lisa Hudson since the day Tom was introduced to Lisa by Rick so many years ago.
    I know that Tom and Julia brought many times of joy, humor, and good ole “ribbing” over the years as employer, neighbor and most humbly as their friend.

    Winston, Grandchildren and Greats, may you all be assured of this -One Hell of a Legacy, One Great Man!

    Sorry for your loss, may His Legacy be the footprints that carry you through your family’s loss and period of grieving.

  • Guest: Amy (Quint) Richardson

    From: Benton, Illinois

    Date: May 25, 2019

    Winston, Tristan, Roderick & Rachel: I am so very sorry for your loss, and what a huge loss it is. This picture is exactly as I remember Tom while we were out racing horses all over Illinois and other states. Those were fun years. He was always a man on the move!! His smile was infectious, and his intelligent conversation was unmatched. I hadn’t seen him in a few years but was still able to talk with him on the phone occasionally. No one else will ever be able to answer the phone and say, “Well, hello there, Darlin'” in the way that he could. He left an impression on everyone he met, so I’m sure he has left his indelible mark on all four of you. I feel so very blessed to have crossed paths with Tom & Julie. They were very special people.

  • Guest: Brittany & Camden

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: May 25, 2019

    So, very sorry for your loss. You all will be in our prayers.

  • Guest: Gwen Kelley (aka Susie)

    From: HERRIN, Illinois

    Date: May 25, 2019

    As an employee of Tom’s company for over forty years, we were a great team. He had many interests and was always on the go. He will be missed, he was one of a kind.

  • Guest: Virginia Calonne

    From: WEST FRANKFORT, Illinois

    Date: May 26, 2019

    Tommy was a good-minded man who always treated anyone who he met with fairness and a smile. I will miss him. May God bless him and his family. Sincerely, Virginia Calonne

  • Guest: Lisa Niggeman

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 26, 2019

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
    I was honored to know him and felt a part of the family for nine years.
    I enjoyed the get togethers and listening to all of his interesting stories.
    He was a very kind soul and very proud of all of his family.
    Thinking of each and every one of you during this very difficult time.

  • Guest: Steve Eli

    From: , Illinois

    Date: May 26, 2019

    A life well lived, the race well run Rest In Peace Mr. Tom

  • Guest: Douglas Nelson

    From: Tucson, Arizona

    Date: May 27, 2019

    To my mentor, my adversary, my dear friend. God Bless you Thomas Jefferson Throgmorton. I know you are at peace and Heaven is enjoying the many stories we shared over the years. Thank you for crossing paths. I owe so much to you my friend.

  • Guest: Meryl

    From: Durham, North Carolina

    Date: May 29, 2019

    I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Mr. Throgmorton. He was a very faithful and dedicated man, married 67years! I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 6:40, which says: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you, and I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, –

  • Guest: Kathleen French

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 30, 2019

    Tommy was one of my favorite people that would often visit MidCountry Bank where I worked. I always enjoyed talking to him and enjoyed seeing him at various Republican events. My husband & I once visited him at his business WinStarr where he talked to my husband who is a Vietnam Veteran about his time of service in WW II. He was a genius and a genuinely nice person. Will miss him.

  • Guest: Randi Houston

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 2, 2019

    I am blessed to have Tom, Julia and Winston as neighbors growing up. Tom and Julia showed me many things that I wouldn’t experience otherwise . Raising baby fox, my first airplane ride, caviar , classical music, oh the list could go on. Tom and Julia treated me like their own. Southern Illinois has lost a big man with a big heart who’s life impacted so many. RIP Tom…

  • Guest: Jerry Lindsey

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: June 23, 2019


    Sorry for your loss.

    A neighbor,
    Jerry Lindsey