Thomas W. Schmitz Sr., 83, Beaver Dam, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
The memorial gathering will be Monday, March 5, at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 4 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 6 p.m. Private inurnment will be at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Thomas William Schmitz was born May 23, 1934, in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, to John F. and Rachel (Harbough) Schmitz. Tom was united in marriage with Dorothy L. Radant in Augusta, Georgia on Aug. 24, 1957. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Tom worked for 35 years at Monarch Range as a grinder and after it closed, he worked for Kirsh Foundry for 10 years, retiring in 1996. For the past 22 years, Tom and Dorothy enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona where they made many friends. He was an auto enthusiast and enjoyed tinkering, repairing and polishing cars. Tom was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Beaver Dam; children, Thomas (Susan Marshall) Schmitz of Martinsville, Virginia, and Lorrie (John) Schoenberger of Beaver Dam; three grandchildren, Lauren (Matt) Steed of Africa, Lindsey Schoenberger of Fox Lake and Justin Schoenberger (Kassie Peterson) of Beaver Dam; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Adelaide Steed; sisters and brother, Joan Farrington, Mildred Cook, Patricia McKinster and John Schmitz, all of Arizona; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Arlene Marthaler of Beaver Dam, Jerry and Margaret Radant of Oregon, and Kaye Radant of Texas; nieces and nephews; other relatives; many friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bob Schmitz; and one sister, Isabelle Walker.
The family thanks all the doctors and nurses at the Beaver Dam oncology department and Hillside Hospice, especially Valerie, Jana and Lisa, for their love and care that was given to Tom. Also, a special thank you to our neighbors on East Circle Drive, especially Wayne and Kathy Gibbs, for their friendship over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Parish or to a charity of one’s choice.
Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences or for directions and other information, visit KoepsellFH.com.