Thomas Patrick Ruetten, 88

Thomas “Tom” Patrick Ruetten, 88, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 surrounded by family.

Born May 18, 1923, in Ithica, Wis., he was the son of the late Hubert and Mary (nee Connor) Ruetten. He served in the Army in WWII for three years after which he married Marion Riesmeyer of Slinger on Feb. 15, 1947 and started a family. He retired in 1986 after 23 years as the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Slinger School District. After his retirement, he and his beloved wife wintered for many years in Arizona while spending the summer months at their home away from home in Horicon. A beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his son Thomas (Cyndi), daughter Sharon (Mark) Norlander and son Charles (Janice), two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother, three sisters, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, son Richard, grandson Eric Ruetten, five brothers, two sisters, other relatives and friends.

A military walk-through will take place during the visitation Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Tom was a charter paid for life 66-year member of S/Sgt. Henry F. Gumm Post 486, American Legion Post 486 Jackson, and 42-year member of the VFW Post 3358 Slinger.

A Mass of Christian burial for Tom will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 200 E. Washington St. in Slinger with Fr. Rick Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr. in West Bend, with a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m.

Additional visitation will be from 9 until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Old St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family to be donated in accordance of Tom’s wishes.

“We would like to thank our family and friends for their love and support as well as Seasons Hospice and Autumn Oaks for making this time less difficult.”

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050 or