January 13, 2011
JOHN THOMAS "TOM" CARNS
(9/27/1937 - 1/4/2011)
John Thomas "Tom" Carns, 73, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at his home. He was born September 27, 1937 to James Marion Carns and Nellie Leona Johnson Carns at Monmouth, Illinois. Tom served in the Illinois National Guard. Tom spent 32 years with the Illinois Department of Conservation Police/Dept. of Natural Resources Police.
Tom was an excellent boat operator and commercial fishing enforcement officer. Tom also served as an Instructor and Advisor, for Ducks Unlimited training schools and did an excellent job training bother veteran and new Conservation Police Officer Trainees. He was an avid and skilled waterfowl hunter who was a very good duck and goose caller and excellent wing shot. He was a gun and coin collector. Tom was a very private, but kind, helpful neighbor.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Carol Carns of Burlington, Iowa; five nieces, Valerie Adams and husband Tony of New London, Iowa, Yvonne Carns of Chicago, Illinois, Jennifer Carns and partner Gina Swift of Iowa City, Iowa, Casey Harris of Peoria, Illinois and Yvette Biddle and her husband Matt of Geneseo, Illinois and 7 great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are a host of fellow conservation officers, neighbors and friends.
A Celebration of Life and Dinner was held Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Downing Fire Station in Downing, Missouri. As an expression of sympathy, memorials may be given to the State Conservation Department. They may be left at the celebration or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street Memphis, Missouri 63555.
Memphis Funeral Home is assisting the family.