Thomas was born March 5, 1931 to Andrew and Rita Jacobs in Chicago, IL. He grew up on a farm in Neillsville, WI with his grandmother and step-grandfather. He married Ruth Stanley in 1949. Tom adored his wife, Ruth of 65 years. Tom lived in Wausau most of his life, but was in Eau Claire for the last year and a half.
Tom was in the National Guard for a short time, and then became an auto technician for over 50 years. After he retired, he continued to do a variety of part-time jobs. Tom said, “Working helps me to keep on going.”
Tom never gave up no matter the challenge. He could repair anything. He was creative as well, and this was demonstrated in his wood carvings. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He referred to the outdoors as God’s house. Tom loved to travel and was a cowboy at heart. He especially loved the western states. Tom was a member of the Lion’s Club, Wausau Rifle and Pistol Club, as well as the Wausau and Weston Trap Clubs. He was also a Hunter’s Safety Instructor for many years. In 2015, Thomas became a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. He confessed his sins and asked Jesus to be his Savior. Tom said, “It changed me right there.”
Thomas is survived by his daughters, Penny (Rich) Lien, Chippewa Falls, and Sherry Jacobs, Madison; Three grandchildren Bradley Huempfner, Weston, Phillip Huempfner, Minneapolis and Lisa (Jason) Putnam, Golden, Colorado; Three step-grandchildren, Chad Lien, Ashley Lien, and Sarah Lien; Five step-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Gaven, Arianna, Emery, Iylah, and Novalee; Two sisters Elizabeth Jones, North Lake, IL and Cielta (Herb) Blum, Waukesha.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Ruth Jacobs and his sister Charmette Nantz.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 22nd from 4-7:30 p.m. at Wausau Bible Church at 1300 Grand Ave., Wausau. Funeral will be at Wausau Bible Church on Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. with visitation an hour prior to service. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
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