THE FINAL INSPECTION
To my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and said.
"No, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry a badge can't always be a Saint."
I've had to work most Sundays and at times my talk is rough, and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got to steep.
And I never passed a cry for help though at times I shook with fear, and sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand, I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't...I'll understand"
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman.
You've borne you burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
You've done your time in Hell"
Thomas Joseph Underhill, 63, of Marseilles, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, at his home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marseilles with Monsignor J. Brian Rejsek and Father Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles with military honors. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home in Marseilles with Rosary at 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be John Underhill, Roger Enrico, Jim Hovious, Bob Scutt, Adam Diss and Jacob Callahan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tom Katrein, Keith Kummerow, Paul Martin, Charlie Diss, Tom Pocivasek, Craig and Robin Linton, Jeff Heermann,
Darren Crask and David Underhill.
He was born Nov. 19, 1944 in Ottawa to Arthur and Elisabeth (Gatti) Underhill. In 1968, he married Carol Grazulis of Buffalo, N.Y., who survives. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was an usher and was on the Parish Council. He served in the Navy Sea-Bees in Vietnam. He attended Marquette High School and was a graduate of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. He was retired as a sergeant from the La Salle County Sheriff's Office after 20 years. He was a member of the tactical team and drug task force and was the elder service officer and juvenile officer. He also worked part time for the Marseilles, Seneca and Grand Ridge police departments. He was a Republican precinct committeeman and was a member and past president of the Blue Knights
and a lifetime member of the NRA.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Dawn Marie (Timothy) Henning of Dacula, Ga., and Jennifer Ann Underhill of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Thomas Charles and Grace Carol Henning; his father, Arthur (Doris) Underhill of Ottawa; one brother, Michael (Linda) Underhill of Marseilles; niece and nephews, Lisa, John (Jackie) and David (Carrie) Underhill.
He was preceded in death by his Mother.
Memorials may be directed to the St Joseph's Catholic Church Improvement fund or Friendship Village.
Seals-Campbell Funeral Home
1009 E. Bluff St., Marseilles, IL 61341