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Thomas Caulfield Holdorf

02/17/1934 - 03/09/2022
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Thomas Caulfield Holdorf, 88 of Omro went to be with the Lord on Wednesday March 9, 2022. He was born in Milwaukee to Samuel and Helen (nee Skornicka) Holdorf.

Tom graduated from Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School and Dartmouth College with a degree in Geology. He started his career with Petty Geophysical in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He retired in 1997 from Thermo Electron as General Manager of the Vessel Division after 23 years.

Tom was active in high school and college sports, including baseball, basketball, and football. He also was a musician who played trombone in bands and orchestra. At Dartmouth College he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Dragon Society.

Tom participated in the Winneconne Men’s Club and was a founder and chairman of the Winneconne Ducks Unlimited Chapter. He also served 18 years on the Winneconne Village Board as Trustee. Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman, and a Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Horne); daughters, Pam Vacketta, Michigan; Wendy (Pat) McNulty, Mississippi; granddaughter, Kristen Vacketta (Dan Kallish), California; grandson, Andy McNulty, Mississippi; stepdaughters, Sarah (Bruce) Stinemates, Omro; Jen Dahms, Omro; step-grandchildren, LeAnn, Emma and Camille Stinemates, and Julia, Garrett and Abby Dahms.

Tom is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Sharon Slover, Barry and Barbie Horne, Mona and Mike Freund, and Lisa Horne; as well as nephew-in-law, Troy Slover; and niece-in-law, Ashley (Johnston) Russell.

In addition to his parents, Tom was also preceded in death by Millie DeGuire, mother of his daughters, Pam and Wendy; his in-laws, Robert and Bernice Horne; sister-in-law, Beth Horne; and brother-in-law, Terrance Slover.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Dan Gibson officiating. Burial will be on Monday, March 14 at the Tice Cemetery, town of Omro.

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

Donna Mueller wrote on March 13, 2022
I met Tom when I was a very young and newly married woman when he was a good friend of my in-laws. Where Tom was was also lots of fun. This was when universities were changing from one sex institutions to coed. He and I had rousing "arguments" over this subject, and he defended his beloved Dartmouth and I took the feminist view. We both enjoyed these times and when I graduated from nursing school he gifted me a Dartmouth sweatshirt! RIP Tom. Keep them laughing up there as you did me!

Joe Burgert wrote on March 12, 2022
Dear Karen, Pam, Wendy, and Family, My Pal of Half a Century + is at rest. Tom was the “real deal,” never mincing words. The many hunting and fishing exploits, retold with great levity around late night bonfires will provide lasting memories for years to come. My sincere condolences to entire family. We will all miss him, while feeling very privileged to have shared precious time with “Holdy.” Love to all . . . Joe Burgert

Tim wrote on March 12, 2022
Tom was a all around very nice man

David and Tara Scott wrote on March 11, 2022
Much love to all the family. Pam and Wen, I can remember how fond my parents were of your Dad. God Speed.

Carol Zeitlow Parshall wrote on March 11, 2022
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.