Thomas Henry Whalen

Thomas Henry Whalen

Thomas Henry Whalen

Thomas Henry Whalen, age 81, of Hancock, Wisconsin died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Villa Pines Living Center in Friendship, Wisconsin following a short battle with cancer.

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
Grandchildren: 9
Great-Grandchildren: 16
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 for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Linda Massen says:

    My dear friend, I am sorry for your loss. You and family are in my prayers and thoughts. Hugs to you.

  2. Cathy & Ernie Zillmer says:

    Sorry for the family’s loss of Tom. He was a good neighbor and enjoyed visiting with my husband, Ernie, neighbors, Bill, Mark, and Mike.

  3. Ken & Lizz Flory says:

    So sorry for your loss. I’m sure he is happily reunited with Dolly. Remember the good times and he will always be with you. Hugs my friend.

  4. Bob and Janis says:

    Thinking of you, Dawn… Hoping fond memories make your pain tolerable. Peace, love, and comfort to you and your family…

  5. Michael McEvilla (Mac) says:

    Dawn and Charlie,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  6. Sue Anderson says:

    Dawn, Charlie and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close and they will help during this difficult time. Sending hugs.

  7. Ron and Carol Johnson says:

    Dawn and Charlie,
    What do we say except you have our deepest sympathy but now dad is with mom where he wanted to be. Dawn you and your sisters did an outstanding job taking care of mom and dad and you all are to be given a pair of wings for the deeds done well. He is no longer confused and he is at peace. I shall give you both a big hug when I see you. God Bless

    Ron and Carol Johnson

  8. June Hesler says:

    Dawn, Charles and family,

    You All have my Sincere Sympathy. I know this has been a difficult time, and that you did so much for him, but now he is at peace. I hope all your happy memories will help you adjust to this loss.

  9. Sheila Stultz says:

    This truly made me so sad to hear this today. I was going to see him Wednesday. Was such a pleasure to work with. I will miss him and his stories.RIP Tom

  10. Judy Alderman says:

    So sorry for your families loss

  11. Peg Lecy says:

    Dawn & Charlie, so sorry on your loss. Hold your memories close. May God, family and friends comfort you

  12. Kim Draeger-Cleland says:

    Dawn and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs, I’ll be thinking of you in my prayers.