Thomas Studer

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Ret. USAF Col. Thomas Albert Studer, 86, of Belleville, IL, born December 23, 1931, in Farmington, MN, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Thomas was a United States Air Force veteran.  He served as Weather Squadron Commander in Vietnam, Vice-Wing Commander First Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, HI and Division Chief Aerospace Science Shop, Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, IL.  He was a devout catholic and volunteered for over 20 years with the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Teresa Catholic Church.  Thomas was a family man and was adored by his wife and daughters.  He also loved golf, gardening, reading and bird-watching.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amandus and Hazel, nee Finn, Studer; and ten siblings.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Claire, nee Dumoulin, Studer, whom he married on January 6, 1973;
two daughters, Carrie Studer of Belleville, IL, and Cathy (Kurt) Vogel of St. Louis, MO;
a brother, Bill (Edna) Studer of Minnesota;
two sisters, Dot (Dick) Lorentson of Minnesota, and Mary Ann Studer of Minnesota;
and a sister-in-law, Chari Studer, spouse of deceased brother, Ret. USA Col. Bob Studer of California.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Programs. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Thomas Studer

Meg Filamor said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your father passing away. He was always so kind to me. You, your mom and sister always were. God bless all of you during this time. Love, Meg

  • Arlington Heights
  • Illinois
Brian Dumoulin said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2018 at 3:31 AM

How we wish to give our heart felt grief to our family and my only sister. So sorry. Would have been there with you. Be strong. I love you. Brianjoan.

  • Morgan
  • Vermont
John W Reames said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2018 at 11:46 PM

Claire; We are thinking of you and your family . We remember the good times at Langley. Good Luck. Joann & John Reames

  • High Point
  • NC
Leslie Barry said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2018 at 10:03 PM

Claire, Carrie and Cathy, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Tom. Many many stories about him were told as I grew up listening to my Dad (Uncle Den) recite the tales of yore and being closer in age they would talk often on the phone when I was around. I will miss the sound of his laughter but heaven is now richer for it. Love to all, Leslie

  • Hugo
  • MN
Donald Paulak said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Sorry to here the news about uncle Bob. I wish only happiness to the family,God bless.

  • Bloomington
  • Minnesota
Daniel Paulak said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2018 at 3:01 PM

My condolences to you Claire and your family in the passing of the good Colonel, Tom. I am one of Donna’s sons, a retired Marine Corps Veteran of 30 yrs of service and never got that many chances to meet or talk with my Uncle. My mom always had nice thoughts and things to say about both of you. My deepest sympathy and condolences for you and your family in the passing of I am sure was a fine man.

  • Glassboro
  • NJ

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