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Thomas R. Lee

02/02/1954 - 04/12/2022
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Thomas R. Lee, 68, of the town of Poygan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at home with his family by his side.

Tom was born in Oshkosh on February 2, 1954, to the late Arnold J. and Ellen Mae Lee. He was raised on the family farm in Poygan and lived there his entire life. Tom attended Omro High School where he was awarded many achievements in wrestling. After graduation he went on to study agriculture in Madison. Tom bought the family farm from his mother in 1979, the same year, on July 28, he married Christine Martin, the love of his life. Together they milked cows and raised their son, Arnie, whom they are so proud of. He continued to milk cows while starting a job at Omni Glass & Paint. He sold his cows in 2000 and continued working at Omni for 22 years until retiring in 2020.

Tom was so prideful of his son and best friend, Arnie. He was blessed with two grandchildren who were his whole world. They filled his heart with the greatest joy.

Tom loved spending time outside, hunting and fishing, taking the grandchildren for 4-wheeler rides, also traveling, playing cribbage, chess, dice, buck-up, and going out for perch on Fridays. He was always joking around and enjoyed making people smile.

Those left behind to mourn are his wife of 42 years, Christine; his son, Arnie (Tricia) Lee, of Omro; two beautiful grandchildren, Cecilia and Landon Lee; sisters-in-law, Nancy Lee, Linda Wisniewski, Mary (Gordon) Schafer, and Susan Lain; brother-in-law, Tom (Kai-Yun) Martin; many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and many special friends.

Along with his parents, Tom was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Donald Kallas; brother, Mike Lee; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Dolores Martin; and brother-in-law, James Wisniewski.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, April 20 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 730 Madison Ave. Omro. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Tom Long and Deacon Paul Vidmar officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, town of Poygan.

A memorial has been established.

Tom’s family would like to thank the staffs of Froedtert Hospital Transplant ICU Unit, and Heartland Hospice who helped maintain his comfort in his final days.

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

Mark Kunde wrote on April 19, 2022
I so sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure working with Tom those years at Omni.

Dan and Barb Davis wrote on April 15, 2022
So sorry to hear of your loss. What a great father & grandfather!! You will have many memories to keep with you.

Linda Monday wrote on April 14, 2022
Tom was one of my favorite cousins. For many years after their deaths we called each other by our parent's names. I would call him Ellen May and he would call me Lester. It was our own thing and we both loved it. Although we didn't see each other as much since our kids got out of 4-H, he always brought a smile to my face. RIP Ellen May and say Hi to your Mom and my Dad!

Dennis & Nancy Kilsdonk wrote on April 14, 2022
Dear Christine, Arnie and family, We were so very sorry and saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Tom, much like his brother Mike, had such a good sense of humor and loved to laugh. We always enjoyed his company when seeing him at Mike and Nan's house. It was always apparent how much he loved his family. May God continually bless you with many wonderful memories of Tom.

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