Thomas Tellier

Thomas D. Tellier, age 86, a resident of Land O’Lakes, Wis., and formerly of Grafton, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at his home.

Mr. Tellier was born on Oct. 17, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Dale and Lillian Tellier.

He graduated from Shorewood High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He honorably served with the 1st Marine Division during the Korea War, attaining the rank of sergeant, and was a member of the VFW Post 8400 in Land O’Lakes, Wis.

Tom married his beloved wife Nancy in 1956 at North Shore Congregational Church in Fox Point, Wis. They celebrated their 66th anniversary in August.

He held several positions in corporate finance with Wisconsin Cuneo Press, Doerr Electric Corp. and EnzoPac Inc. before retiring in 1992 and moving to his cabin in Land O’Lakes.

Tom was an avid fisherman, golfer, bowler, cross-country skier and passionate sports fan. He enjoyed reading, music of all genres, singing, writing short stories and poetry. Above all, he enjoyed the time he had with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tom always had a story or joke to share with others.

His involvement in community activities was his penchant as he served as president of the Grafton Jaycees, past officer of Land O’Lakes Fish and Game Club and was the first president of the Little Portage Lake Property Owners Association. He fulfilled roles of trustee on several church boards.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Dale and Lillian Tellier, twin sister Judy Tellier, brother James Tellier and brother-in-law Terry Tumanic.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Tellier of Land O’Lakes, Wis.; daughters Cheri (Gary) Bell of West Bend, Wis., and Cindy (Glenn) Riha of Brillion, Wis.; grandsons Thomas (Maureen) Riha of Franklin, Wis., Eric Bell of Fillmore, Wis., and Todd Riha of Eagle River, Wis.; and granddaughters Megan (Jerry Williams) Bell of West Bend, Wis., and Tami (Brandon) Venzke of Rice Lake, Wis.

He is further survived by his sister Laurie (Richard) Keesey of Kennett Square, Penn.; great-grandchildren Owen and Carolyn Riha and Ryker and Hank Venzke; nieces; and friends.

Tom was proud of his ancestry. He is an 11th generation descendant of Thomas Halsey, a pilgrim from Hertfordshire, England, and a founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1633.  Thomas Halsey was one of the founders of Southampton, Long Island, in 1640. His estate (built in 1660) became a museum in 2011. Tom shares the same descendants as Admiral William “Bull” Halsey of World War II fame.

The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital and Compassus Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Tom.

A memorial service will be held at Ely Memorial Congregational Church – UCC on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Land O’Lakes Public Library or a charity of choice are appreciated by the Tellier family.

Arrangements are being handled by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at




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