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Thomas D. Washburn

04/06/1938 - 05/01/2019

Thomas D. Washburn, age 81, of Winneconne sadly passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, after a three-year battle with mesothelioma cancer. He was born April 6, 1938, in Milwaukee to the late Ernest and Marion (Deuster) Washburn. Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 – 1959. On August 13, 1960, he married Judith Spoor in Oshkosh. For many years he worked as a journeyman sheet metal worker until his retirement.

Tom liked going to their cabin in Pembine, Wisconsin where he enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, trout fishing, and relaxing in his favorite lawn chair. He also enjoyed many years of wintering in Texas with Judy and many friends. He marveled at the beautiful sunsets at their Winneconne lake home, where he enjoyed sail boating, fishing, duck hunting, and playing cards with a card club. Tom will always be remembered for his wit and great sense of humor. 

Tom is survived by the love of his life for 58 years, wife, Judith (Spoor) Washburn, of Winneconne; children, Theresa (Kevin) Neitzke, of Port Aransas, Texas; Linda (Timothy) Borree, of New London; Joseph Washburn, of Oshkosh; six grandchildren, Alexander (Nani) Ristow, Zachary Ristow, Kayla Borree, Spc. Shane Borree, Nicholas Washburn, Alaina Washburn; step-granddaughter, Lindsie Steele; two great-grandsons, Lakai Ristow, Lexington Ristow; step-great-granddaughter, Peyton Steele; a brother-in-law, Lyle Spoor (friend, Irene); nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Along with his parents, Tom was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Lisa Washburn; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Robert Gorski; a nephew, Mark Gorski; brother-in-law, Neal Spoor; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Spoor.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Sr. Pam Biehl officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow in the Winneconne Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the cancer foundation for mesothelioma.

The family wishes to thank Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice for the care given to Tom.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Fox Valley Sheet metal Retirees Club wrote on May 14, 2019
Form all the members/wives of the Fox Valley Retirees Club, we offer our condolences to you Judy. God Bless

Robert & Rose Gayeske wrote on May 9, 2019
I will always remember Tom's' humor. the card playing club, and our yearly trip to your cabin when our kids were small. Thanks for the memories and great friendship. rg

Harold & LaVon Langston wrote on May 7, 2019
Judy and Family, You are in our prayers for peace and comfort. We pray your faith in Christ will uphold you now in your time of sorrow and that your precious memories will warm and comfort you and bring you joy in the future. We, too, will remember him fondly as we think of the time spent with y'all in Texas. Lovingly, Your Friends,JR & LaVon

Bea Meulemans wrote on May 7, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Judy. Bea

Terri Scott wrote on May 4, 2019
Teri, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope that all the wonderful memories you have of him helps get you through this difficult time.