On Thursday, February 13, 2014, Tom died of a heart attack at the beginning of what should have been a normal workday at Miller oors, “running the brewery from dispatch” as he so often said. He had just turned 60 in December and he would have been at Miller 40 years in April.
Tom leaves Jodi, his best friend and wife of nearly 39 years, who he once claimed should have been arrested for impersonating a housewife, his three sons – Nathan, who is proudly following in his dad’s footsteps working at MillerCoors; Kyle, a LE Park Ranger in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada; and Ryan, his kind-hearted baby standing 6′ 9″. Other family members include brothers Dave (Kathy) and Bob (Trudi); sister, Sue (Eric) Hansen; brother and sisters-in-law Teri VanDam (Dave Fass), Tomi (Susie) Meka, Jimi (Kaye) Meka and in-laws Richard and Joyce Meka. Tom loved his family and his “Dolly” – Lucy the lab, more than anything else in this world (although Starr and Fred, the cats, ranked right up there too!).
Tom lives on in our hearts and memories. He loved beer, hiking, biking, kayaking, watching and yelling at the Packers, lazy beach vacations in Jamaica, reading, and being at the lake. In lieu of flowers, please consider making an on-line donation to the National Park Service (http://www.nationalparks.org/) or for those able to attend Tom’s Celebration of Life gathering, there will be an opportunity for you to contribute to a memorial that will be placed in Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI. Tom always said he felt the closest to God while in nature, enjoying the majesty of His creation. He is now with God in Heaven for eternity.
Everyone is invited to join the family on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4-7 PM for a celebration of Tom’s life at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern, located at: 505 Wells St., in Delafield, WI. Dress casually – Tom was a beer guy, not a suit guy.
“I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life. I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.”
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