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Hon. Thomas R. Flood 1926-2010

The Hon. Thomas R. Flood, 83, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away Monday at Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Thomas, the son of the late James and Florence Flood, was born in Red Oak, Iowa, on Jan. 27, 1926. He moved to Maywood in 1936, and graduated from Proviso High School in 1944. Judge Flood attended the University of Notre Dame as a member of the V12 program and received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1949. He received his license to practice law in the State of Illinois in 1949. As a member of the United States Navy, Judge Flood served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater and in Japan. Recalled to the Navy in 1951, he served as a lieutenant aboard the USS Mt. McKinley in the Korean Conflict and was later assigned to the Judge Advocate General staff until his discharge in 1953. Judge Flood began his law career as corporate counsel for the Aurora and Elgin Railway Company in Elmhurst. In 1955, he moved to Streator and became associated with the law office of Daniel McMullen. In 1957, he opened his own practice in Streator as well as serving as a special prosecutor for the LaSalle County State's Attorney and as City Attorney for the City of Streator. Judge Flood was appointed to the bench as a circuit judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in LaSalle County in March of 1973 where he served until his retirement in 1990. Upon retirement, Judge Flood relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., building a home at the PGA National Golf Club. He was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed competitive bridge, square dancing and the Chicago Bears. Judge Flood married Theresa (Gore) Flood on February 11, 1950, in Elmhurst. He is survived by his beloved wife, his son J.D. (Sandy) Flood of Morris, his daughter Barbara (Randy) Cochran of Stuart, Fla., his grandchildren Mandy Cochran of Live Oak, Fla., Tracy Cochran of Schaumburg, Katie Cochran of Stuart, Fla., Zack Flood and Maddie Flood of Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be Sunday, January 24th between the hours of 3:00PM and 6:00PM at the Reeves Funeral Home, 408 East Washington Street (one block East of Illinois Route 47) in Morris. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Richard Smith officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Morris. Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Judge Flood's memory to the American Diabetes Association or St. Bede Academy, 24 West US Highway 6, Peru, IL 61354. Friends may sign the online guest book by logging onto: Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris. (815/942-2500)
Posted on January 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean