Thomas J. Kleinhans 59

Thomas J. Kleinhans 59, of Pearson, formerly of West Bend, was quietly called to rest on Feb. 18, 2014.

Born on June 22, 1954, to Donald and Jane Kleinhans, he graduated from De Pere High School in De Pere, then went on to the tool-and-die trade followed by a move to the quality assurance position.

Tom had a great love for the northern woods where it was calm and peaceful for him, where he enjoyed the many Harley-Davidson rides with his friends and family throughout the years along with watching NASCAR and the Packers on the weekends. He was well known to have an upbeat attitude and lived the simple life.

Tom leaves behind many of who cared and loved him including special brother John Kleinhans of Arizona and brother Scott Kleinhans (Jessica) of Neshkoro; sisters Mary Theis of Michigan and Sue (Edward) Mattox of West Bend; nephews Travis Kleinhans, Legend and Cameron Schoep; along with nieces Jeanette Kleinhans and Andrea.

Tom’s parents Donald and Jane Kleinhans, aunts, uncles and grandparents preceded him in death.

“We also will never forget the huge kindness of Tom’s ‘Three Amigos’ who gave him much laughter and beautiful memories. You guys know who you are.”

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Tom, always remember: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming “Wow, what a ride!”

“Tom you gave all of us great memories, we will never forget you. RIP our friend.”