Thomas "Tom" Smith
September 27, 2020
Thomas E. Smith, of Bloomer, Wisconsin, 69, passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2020, at Dove Healthcare-Bloomer.
Tom was born on June 11, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to Thomas and Catherine (Hanson) Smith. His mother had the mumps when he was born, so the nurses at the hospital took care of Tom and it was several weeks before Catherine was able to see her newborn son.
Tom grew up in Cornell, Wisconsin, and shared many tales of his childhood. He spent countless hours at Brunet Island State Park just froggin’ around with his friends. He was in Boy Scouts and attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in Philmont, New Mexico, where they backpacked by mule through the mountains. He named his mule “Milton Burro”. He worked at Tom’s Chevrolet, his dad’s car dealership in Cornell, while in high school. He played basketball, football, baseball, and golf during his high school years, graduating in 1969.
Tom attended UW-Eau Claire, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. His first job was at Kresge’s in Rochester, Minnesota. Several years later he moved back to the Chippewa Valley and worked at Johnson Plastics in Chippewa Falls and then Pope & Talbot in Eau Claire, until his retirement in 2001.
On August 20, 1983, Tom married Terri Stanek, and over the next 37 years they were blessed with wonderful friends and family, and a life full of mischief and good times.
One of Tom’s passions was deer hunting. He hunted for many years at his dad’s cabin on Club Lake in northern Wisconsin. It was there where he bagged a buck which was registered in the Pope and Young Club. He was a founding member of the Ten Buck Too hunting camp in Cornell and treasured every moment there with lifelong friends. Golfing was another one of Tom’s passions. He was fortunate to have enjoyed many golf trips and outings. It was always a great day to golf.
In 1999 Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Through sheer determination and strength, he never let it define him. He was also a Type 1 diabetic for 50 years. These diseases continued to ravage his body, but his spirit was undeterred. He’s now free.
Thank you to Dove Healthcare – Bloomer for the care given to Tom while he was a resident there. Your efforts to help him live a meaningful life will never be forgotten.
Tom is survived by his wife Terri; sisters, Colleen (Phil) Johnson, and Bobbi Jo (Ken Troxel); in-laws, Harold Heidtke, Rick (Betty) Stanek, Tom (Pam) Stanek, Donna Kidd (Wes Brzozowski), and Jane (Gerry) Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews; and his godchildren, Keith and Shari Paulsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Don and Anita Stanek; in-laws James Kidd, Thaia Heidtke, James and Shirley Stanek; and nephew-in-law, David Stanek.
Visitation will be on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, Bloomer. A private funeral service for family will be held Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Martin Halom officiating. This service will be streamed live on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook Page. Burial will be held at the Cornell Cemetery.
Thank you for sharing your life with me. Fly with the eagles, my love.
Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.
Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home.
This service will be streamed live on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook Page. Services begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Bloomer Floral - (715) 568-5600 - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
Casey Petersen Sorry for your loss Terri. I remember canoeing with you guys down the river, so many laughs when we were with the family. Take care. Casey and Jim
October 7 at 10:26am
Dona Phillips Terri!! I am so sad and sorry about Tom’s passing! Such a nice person. It’s been along time since we lived in the same neighborhood. But, I have good memories of the crazy times we had. Please take care of yourself and know I am thinking about you. Hugs.
October 2 at 9:38am
Dennis Hoepner So sorry to hear of Toms passing. Golfed with him for over twenty years at Princeton Valley until we moved from the area.
Never saw him lose his cool or throw a club once. Wish I could say the same for myself and our playing partners.
Totally enjoyed the times at his beloved hunting cabin and seeing all his prized trophies. Truly a great sportsman.
Our deepest condolences to Terri and next of kin.
He will be missed.
Denny and Sandy Hoepner
October 1 at 7:29pm
Katie Breimhorst Terri, I send my condolences to you with lots of prayers and love. It will take time to heal from this but may you find comfort in all the good memories, laughs, and love you had together. Im just a phone call away if you just want to talk. Love you always,
October 1 at 1:08PM
Vicki Kasten Terri, I'm sorry to read of your husband's passing. Take care of yourself, and remember all the wonderful times you two have had.
October 1 at 10:13AM
Randy and Jane Lieble So sorry, Terri, to hear of Tom's passing. He was such a nice man and we so enjoyed having you and Tom as neighbors on McKai Drive in Eau Claire. This morning Randy was remembering when we moved in and how surprised and grateful he was when Tom came over to help us with moving. And we remember all our conversations about the Blugold Basketball team....back in the day.
Please accept our sympathies.
September 30 at 10:40AM
Dena Johnston Terri ,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Yes fly free with no pain.
September 29 at 4:04PM
Jane (Harm) Zwiefelhofer My condolences to Tom's family and friends. The Smith family and mine have been Cornell neighbors, attended the same church, and Tom and I worked together at Johnson Plastics. When Catherine passed away, my mom asked me to come home early from my vacation in New Mexico to take her to the visitation. I was happy to. Tom spent a few moments visiting with us and sharing memories. I always will remember him as a kind and warm soul.
September 29 at 12:32PM
Penny Dahlby Your suffering is over. May you rest in peace. Thanks for all the great years of fun. Penny Dahlby
September 29 at 8:53AM
Justine Toles So sorry for the loss of Uncle Tom. He is set free from this world and is now happy and healthy with his parents, my dad, David Stanek, Grandpa Jim Stanek, and all of the rest of our lived ones who are gone. May God bless and keep watch over Aunt Terri and everyone missing Uncle Tom.
September 29 at 8:34AM
Jade Olson Tom, almost every memory I have of you makes me laugh or smile. The time spent growing up at the ballpark with my dad, my Uncle Buck, and you (“Yax” as they often called you) are some of my fondest childhood memories. Even though I was a lefty, I loved to use your awesome first baseman’s mit to play catch sometimes when our team was batting. You were always so gracious. When I was in college at UWEC, you gave me an accounting internship at Pope & Talbot. I remember pretty much every single lunch you went for a run and then came back and ate a sandwich and drank a can of Tab. I also remember how highly respected you were by everyone I came into contact with at P&T. That internship started my accounting and finance career and helped me get to where I am today. I’m forever grateful. You were a great husband, friend, teammate and boss and you will be sorely missed. Love and peace from the Olson’s in Chicago.
September 28 at 9:53PM
Shari Larson My prayers are with Terri and Tom's families. I was blessed to get to know Tom and Terri the past few years. I loved Tom's smile and gentle personality. He will be missed.
September 28 at 6:07PM