Thomas Edward "Tom" Lawrence

Thomas Edward "Tom" Lawrence, age 85, of Waunakee, formerly from Rhinelander and Port Washington, died peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2018, surrounded by his family.  
Tom and his family moved to Port Washington in 1971 when he started his banking career and resided there until his retirement in 2003. All of his children were graduates of Port Washington High School.
Tom was born in Newberry, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula on Dec. 23, 1932, to Harold and Mary Elizabeth (Dennis) Lawrence and later moved to Rhinelander.
Tom was very active in local sports, playing football and basketball. He was a member of the 1950 basketball team that went to the state basketball championship and a member of the Merrill Foxes, a semi-pro football team.  
In January 1953, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.  
Following an honorable discharge in 1955, he returned to Rhinelander and on June 11, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Jean Carole Dobbe.
Tom managed the Milwaukee office of Clayton Brown & Associates Inc. for more than 20 years, specializing in underwriting and trading tax-exempt securities. He also served on the company's board of directors and was a member of the senior management committee.
Previous to this, he was vice president and manager of the governmental finance department of First Wisconsin National Bank of Milwaukee.  
In his early years, Tom began working at the Rhinelander Paper Co. (St. Regis Paper Company) in its steam power division and was eventually named foreman.   
Politically active, Tom served as an alderman in Rhinelander, Oneida County Board chairman and supervisor and was chairman of the board for Nicolet Area Technical College.  
Appointed by Governor Lee Dreyfus, Tom served on the Joint Survey Committee on Debt Management, was a member of the Department of Revenue ad hoc committee that recommended changes to Wisconsin statutes and was sergeant-at-arms at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla.  He was also an active supporter of many local, state and national political campaigns, including Warren Knowles (governor), Alvin O'Konski (U.S. House of Representatives) and Richard Nixon (president).   
In addition to his many accomplishments, he was most proud of helping to create the Nicolet Area Technical College and was honored to receive the first honorary degree ever bestowed by that institution.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jean; three sons, Thomas (Natalie) Lawrence II of Minocqua, James (Ann) Lawrence of Rhinelander and William (Marie) Lawrence of Owatonna, Minn.; two daughters, Jodi (Mike) Siehoff of Waunakee and Marcie (Chris) Greenberg of Greendale; brother Larry (Phyllis) Lawrence of Stevens Point; numerous grandchildren (Carl, Josh, Jackie, Noel, Jennifer, Erin, Ben, Mark, AJ, Nathan, Lauren, Rebecca, Jack and Emily); and five great-grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Mary Lawrence, siblings Marilee Brown, Charles Lawrence, Robert Lawrence, Helen Pulver and Barbara Ciaccio and grandson Andrew Lawrence.
A special thank you to all the staff of Homestead Living of Waunakee and those from Agrace Hospice for all the care and comfort provided to Tom and his family while he was a resident.  
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. John's Catholic Church of Waunakee, followed by full military honors.  
Friends can visit with the family starting at 10 a.m. until the service.  
Interment will take place at a later date at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Catholic Cemetery, Rhinelander.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in memory of Tom to the Nicolet College Foundation or to the donor's choice.
Please share your memories at CressFuneralService.com.
Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy. Q
Waunakee, WI

 

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