Steve Tomlin passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, at his home in Newton. A time of remembrance and celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton, with visitation at the church one and half hours prior to the services. The Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted with the arrangements. A coffee time at the church will follow the committal service at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and as an expression of sympathy, memorials may be designated to the family in Steve’s name.
Stephen Allen Tomlin, 66, was born March 5, 1951, in Newton, the son of John and Alice Lucille (Hicks) Tomlin. He was a graduate of the Newton Senior High, Class of 1969. He served his country with the U.S. Navy/Reserves for 20 years during the Vietnam Era. He studied Christian education at the Assemblies of God Graduate School of Theology and Open Bible College in Des Moines, where he taught and also served as Dean of Students. Steve was employed by the U.S. Postal Services, serving at Urbandale’s bulk mail center, worked in Knoxville, in Grinnell as assistant postmaster and retired in 2013, as the postmaster in Colfax.
On March 29, 2003, Steve was united in marriage to Willa L. Kreager in Newton. Steve enjoyed life and was a member of the Izaak Walton League, Newton American Legion Post #111, Jasper County Vietnam Veterans and life member of the Newton V.F.W. Post 1655.
Steve is survived by his wife, Willa; a son, Christopher Tomlin of Des Moines; step daughter; Laura Illingworth of Raleigh, N.C.; his sister, Shirley Ham (Angelo Nigro) of Des Moines; his brother, Dick (Kathy) Tomlin of Des Moines; brothers-in-law, Mike (PC) Kreager of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and John Amadon of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his many good neighbors and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Johnny Bill (Viola) Tomlin; and a sister, Nancy Amadon.
Online condolences may be left for the family at pencefh.com.