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Insurance company executive

Thomas Ward Cheney was American insurance company executive. Decorated Legion of Merit.; Recipient Distinguished Service award United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1940.


Cheney, Thomas Ward was born on December 17, 1914 in Union, Nebraska, United States. Son of Gilbert Ward and Vernie (Barnum) Cheney.


Bachelor of Science, University Nebraska, 1936. Student, Life Insurance Marketing Institute, University Kansas, 1950.


With, Modern Woodmen of America, 1935-1979;director, assistant to president, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island, Illinois, 1954-1960;president, Modern Woodmen of America, 1960-1979;also director, Modern Woodmen of America. Director 1st National Bank of Quad Cities, member Executive Committee, 1974-1987.


Board directors Rock Island Community Chest, 1956-1958, 65-66, Young Men’s Christian Association, Rock Island, 1965-1969. Vice president Blackhawk Industrial Development Association, Rock Island County, 1959. Member business advisory committee College Business University Illinois, 1969-1981.

Board directors Augustana College, 1970-1978, member executive committee, 1972-1978, chairman development committee, 1972-1978. Board governors Rock Island Foundation, 1967-1976, Trinity Medical Foundation, 1994-1999. Trustee, member executive committee Rock Island Franciscan Medical Center, 1971-1978, chairman board trustees, 1974-1975.

Member lay advisory board St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, 1965-1972. Served to lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1941-1946, PTO. Member Fraternal Insurance Counsellors Association, Life Underwriters Association, General Agents and Managers Conference, National Fraternal Congress American (member executive committee 1961-1962, president 1967-1968), Illinois Fraternal Congress, Illinois (director 1966-1972), Illinois Fraternal Congress (vice chairman 1971-1972). Illinois C. of Chamber (board directors 1966-1972, vice chairman 1970-1972), Rock Island Chamber of Commerce (president 1965), Delta Upsilon.

Club: Rock Island Arsenal Golf (board governors 1975-1981, president 1979, executive committee).


Married E. Margaret Phillippe, October 15, 1938. Children: Patricia Kay Cheney Keim, Thomas Charles.

Gilbert Ward Cheney

Vernie (Barnum) Cheney

E. Margaret Phillippe

Patricia Kay Cheney Keim Cheney

Thomas Charles Cheney