Thomas G. VerKilen, 72, of Tomahawk, died on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, in the care of his family and the Compassus Hospice. Tom was born January 26, 1949 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, to the late George and Dorothy (Moore) VerKilen. He married Patricia Kohlbeck on March 9, 1968; she survives.
Tom grew up in Marshfield where he attended St. John’s Catholic Elementary School. He graduated in 1967 from Marshfield Senior High School. After graduation he entered the workforce at Beseler Steel Products and later at Felker Brothers Corporation and Evergreen Manufacturing. Tom was a loyal member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hewitt, Wisconsin.
Tom and Pat moved to Tomahawk in 2005, where he enjoyed golf, pickleball, fishing, biking, hunting, shuffleboard and woodworking. He enjoyed listening to country music and Sunday morning polka. Tom especially enjoyed the view of the lake and wildlife from his living room. Tom and Pat wintered in Texas and took advantage of the warmer southern climate. He made many golfing and pickleball friends in Palmview. Tom loved spending time with his family and friends so much and was very proud of his children and grandchildren; their love for him is underlying, as is his love for them.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia VerKilen; her son, Jamison VerKilen; his daughter Aymé (Greg) Boushack; her grandchildren, Riley Boushack, Abbey Boushack and Brooklyn Boushack; her brother, James VerKilen; and her sisters, Susan (Allen) Feltz and Sharon Moen.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Dorothy; his son, Kevin VerKilen; his brother, Martin VerKilen; her stepfather and stepmother, Wenzel and Laura Kohlbeck; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donna Anderson, Robert Kohlbeck, Marlene Kohlbeck, Gerri Kohlbeck, Al Diers and Dennis Tesmer; and her nieces and nephews, Tammy Feltz, Ryan Vandeberg, Heather VerKilen and Gary Kohlbeck.
A memorial service for Thomas VerKilen was held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in the village of Hewitt. Reverend Murali officiated. The family received friends for the visit from 9 a.m. until service time at 10.45 a.m.
In addition, a visitation was held at Tomahawk Generations Funeral Home on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tom’s goal in life was to be able to make people smile. Instead of flowers, please take the time to make someone else smile in memory of Tom. Special thanks to Pastor Preston of NRC for giving Tom his blessing and comfort on his last day. Thanks also to the nurses at Compassus Hospice for their help and support.