- April 23, 1949 - February 28, 2017
- Appleton, Wisconsin
of Tom's Passing
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“Sorry Mary Purdy to learn of Tom's passing, so many memories of days gone by.
2 of 6 | Posted by: Richard Simons
“Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family of a great man. I served with Tom in the National guard for 9 years and we shared many stories and many...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Brian Papenfuss - Franklin, WI
“I will miss your friendship and humor.
4 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Peterson
“Tom, Was my honor to serve with you. You were a great Soldier and an even greater man. Until Valhalla.
5 of 6 | Posted by: Andy Ratzlaff
“Tom, you were an awesome brother-in-law, all your family and friends will miss you. RIP,
6 of 6 | Posted by: Connie Elandt
Thomas Lee Walker "Col. Tom", age 67, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. He was born April 23, 1949, one of three triplets, in Farmington, Pennsylvania, to the late Leon and Eileen "Granny Bear" Walker. Tom graduated from Little Chute High School in 1967 and for many years stayed in the area to help with his family. In 1978, he enlisted in the US Army and served in Germany in Motor Transportation for three years. After being honorably discharged from active duty in 1981, Tom immediately enlisted in the US Army Reserve and served faithfully until his retirement in 2009. In 1996, Tom married Mary Elandt in Appleton. Tom also worked as an auto detailer in the Fox Valley for many years. Along with his military service, Tom also took extreme pride in his involvement with wrestling. He worked with both the AWA and WPW assisting in ring setup, volunteering, coaching and even wrestling. He enjoyed helping the younger wrestlers train and the relationships he built through the industry. Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Walker; siblings: Mary Purdy, Alvin Walker and Alice (Jim) Turner; nieces and nephews: Todd (Stephanie Vorachek) Purdy, Tami (Anthony) Al-Ghetta, Tim (Andrea) Weber and Matt (Amanda Ellinger) Weber; great nieces and nephews: Laura, Joshewa, Matt, Zachery, Tyler, Tanner and Noah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Eileen "Granny Bear" Walker and his brother, James Walker. The funeral service for Tom will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017 at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME (537 N. Superior St., Appleton). Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Tom's family towards his funeral expenses would be appreciated.