Thomas J. Sollmann, 49, of Merrimac, passed away at University Hospital in Madison on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Thomas was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 10, 1968, to Adam and Klara (Bandle) Sollmann. He graduated from Mather High School in Chicago, class of 1986. Following high school, he obtained an associate’s degree and enlisted in the United States Navy. In the Navy, he served aboard the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as an AO — aviation ordnance, further services as a SeaBees connected with the aircraft carrier the USS Eisenhower. He retired as an I.T. 1 — internet tech from the Navy after 25 years of service. Once retired, he moved back to the Merrimac area near the shores of Lake Wisconsin where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a recognized marksman, and enjoyed playing darts and pool. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Tom is survived by his father, Adam Sollmann (Rose Barth); his mother, Klara (Tony) Kozar; stepmother Rosemary Sollmann; brother Lorenz (Patty) and their children, Lea, Josef and Jehannah Sollmann; close friends, Shellie (John Jr.) Benish and their boys, Kyle and J.J. and their dog that Tom adored, Clover.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Merrimac. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be accorded by the Lachmund-Cramer VFW Post 7694.

Tom’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of University of Wisconsin Hospital Neuroscience ICU and his military family for all their care and support at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UW Organ & Tissue Donation, 450 Science Dr., Suite 220, Madison, WI 53711-9135.

Fair winds and following seas.

Hooverson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, visit hooversonfuneralhomes.com.