Thomas J. Walz

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (11313 N. Riverland Road, 35W) in Mequon for Thomas J. Walz of Mequon. Tom peacefully passed away to eternal life with Christ Jesus on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006 at the age of 61. Visitation will be held at the church today, from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon in a private ceremony. Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home of Mequon are handling the funeral arrangements.

Tom was born on March 19, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Florissant, Mo. He attended St. Louis University (SLU) where he majored in economics and was an athlete on the SLU baseball team. He pitched in the college world series and his 1965 team was inducted into the SLU Billiken Hall of Fame.

Tom moved to Milwaukee in 1974 as a special agent for the IRS criminal investigation division and retired after 28 years of service. During his tenure, Tom received many awards in recognition of his performance and service. One of the cases he worked resulted in more than a $3 million forfeiture to the government. He especially enjoyed working with new agents as a supervisory special agent. After retirement, he was employed by Lionel Henderson as an asset forfeiture specialist.

Always an athlete, Tom played golf in the Federal Employee Golf League until early this past summer. He also was a regular tennis player and member of the Mequon Racquet Club. Tom encouraged his children’s athletic abilities and was a proud coach in the Mequon Soccer Club recreation program for both his son and daughter. He also spent a lot of time at Homestead girls’ soccer and basketball games and Homestead boys’ football and track and field events in support of his children, who were both varsity athletes.

Tom leaves behind a family who will hold onto his precious memory. He was a loving husband for 26 years to Candace Eastern-Walz. He was also a proud and loving father of Caitlin Renee Walz and Thomas Christopher Walz. Tom leaves behind his brother John (Edna) Walz, sister Jane (Gene) Appal; the entire Eastern family; Marion and Seldon who loved him as a son; and Lew, Jeff, Cindy, Darryl "TC" and Butch who welcomed him as a brother. He is further survived by nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents John R. and Carmen (nee Morello) Walz.

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