Thomas "Tom" E. Geerts

Thomas Geerts, age 66 of North Washington, IA passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Thomas Edward Geerts was born on January 6, 1949 to Louis and Katherine (Smith) Geerts in New Hampton, IA. He attended New Hampton High School. After his education, Tom entered into the United States Army, serving his country during Vietnam. He returned home in 1970. In 1972, Tom was united in marriage to Patricia Heiselman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. To this union three sons were born, Paul, Todd and Andy. The couple later divorced. In 1988, Tom was united in marriage to Helen Heying at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton; joining their two families together and adding Christopher Heying and Trevor Ronnei. The couple purchased the Moonshine Tap of North Washington and have been operating it since 1998. In Tom’s spare time he enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and most of all spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. Left to honor his memory is his wife, Helen Geerts of North Washington; his sons, Paul Geerts, Todd (Carrie) Geerts and Andy (Jess) Geerts, Christopher (Deb) Heying all of New Hampton and Trevor (Raychel) Ronnei of Charles City, IA; his grandchildren, Jessica, Zach, Paige, Reid, Chloe, Jarett, Jacob, Claire, Evan, Charisma, Charlie and Tate; his great-grandchildren, Chloe and Ivory; his brothers, Ted (Veronica) Geerts, Michael (Kate) Geerts, John (Rita) Geerts and Steve Geerts all of New Hampton; his one sister, Margaret Harn of Waterloo, IA; as well as numerous extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bernard; his grandson, Tyler and sister-in-law, Nita Geerts.

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  1. Helen and to all family members
    Our deepest sympathy to you all. So sorry for your loss. Tom was a very nice person and I’m thinking hes up in heaven playing golf. Maybe even with David. They always were a great team.
    May God comfort you at this time and give you peace
    Donnie & Delores Knutson

  2. May the memories of Tom fill your thoughts and knowing that he is no longer in pain ease your mind. All our thoughts and prayers to all his family. We have fond memories of golfing and times spent at the Moonshine with him. All our Love, David and Jeanne Roder

  3. May your memories of Tom fill your thoughts and knowing that he is no longer in pain ease your mind. We have great memories of golfing and spending time with him at the Moonshine Tap. With all our thoughts, prayers and love. David and Jeanne Roder

  4. My deepest sympathy to family and extended family. I have been friends with the Geerts family my whole life. My one favorite memory of Tom was when I would stay at their house he would always bring me a little carton of chocolate milk, so I would always wait and watch for him to come home from school with my milk.

  5. Sending you thoughts and prayers at this time of loss…. Tom Thunder will be missed by many…may he rest in peace!!

  6. Helen & family you have our deepest heartfelt sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Tom will be missed by all that knew him. I am sure Dean and Tom will be having a few. May God Bless all of you. R.I.P. Tom.

    Don, Pat & Chance Johnson

    1080 KELLY DR.

  8. Helen and the entire Geerts Family, so sorry to hear of Tom”s passing! We always enjoyed a good B.S. session with Tom or even a heated pool game! He will be greatly missed by many. Thinking of you all, Leo and Bev Dowd

  9. I offer my sympathy & prayers for the loss of Tom. I knew Louie & Katherine. Louie was a plumber & used to buy me Hershey bars @ Utley’s Tap. I knew Tom from the 80’s, pool league & the Hotel Chickasaw Bar. Tom had a great sense of humor & frowned on disagreements & nonsense. I had many chats with him back then. He just never got too excited and rolled with the punches. Sounds like he had alot of Granbabies, which I am sure were his pride & joys. God Bless You All, Deb (Vorwald) Morrison.

  10. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen and family. Always enjoyed talking with Tom. I’m sure he and Reg are enjoying a few cold ones! Carolyn and family

  11. Helen & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Only time will help the heart ache into good memories to cherish.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Tom’s Family. May all your special memories with him always be in your heart.. My sympathies to all. Phyllis

  13. Sending our thoughts and prayers for comfort to all of Tom’s family. Paul, Todd, Andy and your wonderful families, missing Dad and Grandpa, we send our deepest condolences. Sorry for your huge loss, Helen. May God grant you all peace in your heart.

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