Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home.
Tom was born June 19, 1936 to Maurice Henry and Lavona (Borchardt) Whalen. He grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin where he played football and baseball on the High School Team. Tom served in the Navy from 1952 – 1955, and worked as a top-secret cryptographic operator (Morse code). He returned to Madison where he worked for the State of Wisconsin. Tom married Dolly Wrasse on June 15, 1974. He retired on December 31, 1997.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking walks in the woods, birdwatching, and was an all-around outdoorsman. He also was a great storyteller.
Tom was a member of the Ryan Larson American Legion Post #65.
Memorials may be directed in Thomas’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society AND the Ryan Larson American Legion Post #65.
Thomas was preceded in death by parents, Maurice and Lavona Whalen; wife, Dolly Whalen; step-son, David Wrasse; and brother, Richard Whalen.
Sister: Mary (Larry) Johnson of Illinois
Step-Daughter: Dawn (Charlie) Page of Adams, Wisconsin
Step-Daughter: Diana (Dennis) Rogers of Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Step-Daughter: Debbie Kennan of Madison, Wisconsin
Further survived by other relatives, and friends.
Special thanks to Nancy Livingston, the American Legion, and Villa Pines for their loving care.
Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.