Thomas M. Wilde, 65, of Lake Tomahawk, passed away on July 14, 2020, at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin due to unknown medical complications.
On August 13, 1954, in Wausau, Wisconsin, Thomas Michael Wilde entered this world, son to the late Alvin and Irma (Baumann) Wilde. After graduating from Wausau East High in 1972, Thomas went on to work for over 30 years as a Lead machine Operator at James River.
On August 19, 1972, Thomas married Susan Rhyner and they welcomed their daughter, Amy, on December 19, 1972. Throughout the years, Susan and Thomas joined many bowling leagues together. This is where his love of the sport grew and where he formed many lifelong friendships. Thomas bowled up until his death. Susan and Thomas parted ways after 17 years of marriage. It was after their parting that Thomas met Patti Porath through work. They eventually fell in love and spent the next 25 years together, until Patti unexpectedly passed away in September 2018.
Together, Patti and Thomas moved up north, where Thomas worked in construction where he remodeled many buildings, homes, and cottages. Thomas lived his life to the fullest and spent everyday living it as if it were his last. He was a huge outdoorsman who enjoyed going for rides on his motorcycles, hunting and he would spend many hours on the many Northwood lakes, which included the Rainbow Flowage, boating, fishing, and ice fishing. Thomas was always ready for a Bonfire and a beer and looked forward to spending time with friends and family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thomas is survived by his daughter, Amy (Matt Hager) Wilde of Wausau; grandson, Lucas Hager of Wausau; step-daughter, April (Dee) Degner of Merrill; step-granddaughter, Alissa; step-greatgrandchildren, Easton and Lincoln; siblings, Mary (Larry) Rydell of Algoma, Carla Carpenter of Wausau, Barb Wilde of Austin, Texas, Steven (Diane) Wilde of Weston, Catherine (Howard) Attiliis of Lancaster, VA, John Wilde of Wausau, Robert (Monica) Wilde of Wausau, Kevin Wilde of Ashburn, VA, and Jane (Scott) Weber of Sterling, VA. Thomas is further survived by his sisters-in-law Kathy Wilde of Wausau and Tracy (Todd) Miller; brother-in-law, Randy Porath; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents and life partner Patti, Thomas was preceded in death by brother Frederick Wilde; brother-in-law Bruce Carpenter; his ex-wife Susan Wilde-Harn and nephew Andrew Wilde.
Public visitation will be held from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street. The family requests that all visitors wear a face mask and practice social distancing. A private family service will be held at 7:00 pm at the funeral home, where masks and social distancing will also be required. Pastor Justin Smoot from Saint Andrew Lutheran Church will officiate. Online live streaming will be available. Family and friends may go to helke.com to leave words of remembrance and condolences.
“Weep Not for Me”
Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory, I live on
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life.