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Thomas Melvin Briggs

March 16, 1965 ~ September 8, 2018 (age 53)

Thomas Melvin Briggs, 53, Schofield, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 8, 2018 at his home.

Thomas was born March 16, 1965 to Melvin and Betty Lou (Wesco) Briggs.  He honorably served his country in the US Army as a Military Police Officer (4/85-3/88) attaining the rank of SP4.  Thomas married Stephanie Bishop on August 11, 1989.  Over the years he worked at a variety of businesses in the Wausau area.

Thomas was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying everything to do with being in the Northwoods.  He often camped, hunted, fished, spent time by the camp fire and when at home enjoyed his backyard.  At times Thomas could be a stubborn and prideful man who lived life on his own terms; the past 15 or so years have seen him soften greatly and grow much closer to his family.  Throughout his life, he loved spending time with his family during the holidays and family vacations.  He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan looking forward every year to watching the Green and Gold play.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Stephanie Briggs; daughter, Amber (Thomas) Chisholm; son, Brandon Weix; mother, Betty Lou Haffeman; siblings, John “Zeke” (Reneé) Smith, Rita Kuik, Tim (Angie) Briggs and Terry (Karolyn) Briggs; and extended family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Briggs; brothers, Ralph and Jody Smith.

There will be a private family gathering at a later date.  Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

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