Tommy J. Thompson

Tommy J. Thompson, age 67, of Tomahawk, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 18, 2020 as a result of an unfortunate accident.

Tommy “Gov” Thompson was born on Dec. 23, 1952 in Merrill, to his parents Theodore and Kathleen (McDonald) Thompson. He went to Merrill High School and was a state wrestler. After high school, Tommy joined the US Air Force because, in his words, he wasn’t going to milk cows the rest of his life. After returning home from the Air Force, he started working at the Brokaw Paper Mill – retiring after 40 years in 2012. Tommy married Julie Kasmierski on Aug. 2, 1986. Tommy loved fishing on Lake Mohawksin and coaching his children in soccer. He worked very hard at keeping “Uncle Tom’s Cabins” looking good. He was proud of “Irons in the Fire” – his business where he made custom iron art work. Tommy was always making people laugh and making jokes. For instance, when his children wanted a sea-doo, he bought them a canoe. He was known for his one liners and quick wit.

Tommy is survived by his wife – Julie Thompson of Tomahawk; his children – Kinsey (Kelechi Anyanwu) Thompson of Milwaukee, Kaetlyn (BreHoltorf) Thompson of Tomahawk and Keaton Thompson of Tomahawk; his brother – Roger (Peggy) Thompson of Tomahawk; his sisters – Dorothy (Rodney) Grawien of Merrill, Jean (Dennis) Tessmer of Tomahawk and Donna (Dan O’Brien) Hermsen of Madison. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter – Cassie; sister – Judy Coulliard; and brother – Donny Thompson.

The Memorial Service with Military Rites for Tommy Thompson took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk. Visitation took place from 12 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m.

Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements. You may view the full obituary and leave online condolences at

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