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Thomas M. "Sam" Zens

July 7, 1960 November 12, 2019
Thomas M. "Sam" Zens
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Thomas M. “Sam” Zens, 59 of Oglesby died November 12, 2019 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria following a short illness.

Services will be 11a.m. Saturday in the Shields Funeral Chapel, Oglesby. Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, LaSalle.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday in the funeral chapel with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday. Knowing Sam’s personality, casual attire is encouraged.

Sam was born July 7, 1960 in LaSalle to William and Jeanne (Martyn) Zens, Sr.

Sam worked as a lab tech for Fairmount Minerals in Troy Grove.

Sam loved Native American history and enjoyed searching for arrowheads. He had a passion for taking pictures and restoring old family pictures. He was the most excellent caregiver to his mom for the last 17 years and leaves big shoes to fill.

He is survived by his mother Jeanne of Oglesby, a brother Timothy (Kathy) Zens of Granville, 2 sisters; Julie (Kevin) Lemke of Waukesha, WI and Michelle (Nick) Kelly of Oak Creek, WI, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother William, Jr. and 2 sisters in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.

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