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Thomas Anthony Wavrunek

November 8, 1937 — October 19, 2018

Thomas Wavrunek, age 80, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.


Thomas Anthony Wavrunek was born on November 8, 1937 in Neillsville, WI the son of Joseph and Edna (Collins) Wavrunek. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1956 and then attended UW-Stevens Point, was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1962. Tom then did one year of post graduate work at the University of Nebraska. After his marriage to Joan Meinholdt on September 12, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, they moved to Milwaukee, WI. After returning to Neillsville, they owned and operated the Clothing Cupboard until 1981 when Tom joined his father at Clark County Abstract Co. Tom became owner in 1986 and, 2006, sold the business and retired.


Tom was a member of the Ruff Grouse Society. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent many good times at the cabin on Lake Namakagon with his best friend, Tom Meier and other good friends and family. He enjoyed canoeing and the skiing trips out west with friends and family.


He is survived by his wife, Joan, two sisters, Audrey Speier of Ripon, WI and Kathleen Pichler of Eau Claire, WI, a sister-in-law, Marion Wavrunek of Colby, WI and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Edna Wavrunek, two brothers, Bernard Wavrunek and James Wavrunek, two nephews, Tom Pichler and Mark Speier, two brothers-in-law, Norbert Speier and Arnold Pichler and his three prized labs, Prince, Clyde and Jake.


As per Tom’s wishes, no funeral services will be held


Joan would like to thank the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville and the Ministry Care Hospice – Ascension for the compassionate care Tom received this past year.


Memorials may be directed to the Clark County Humane Society, CCHS, PO Box 127,

Neillsville, WI  54456 or


Online Condolences may be made at


The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tom’s family with arrangements.

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