Thomas Wayne Ellmaker, 68
May 12, 1948 — July 21, 2016
Thomas Wayne Ellmaker of Cedarburg went home to his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016, at the age of 68 after a short battle with cancer. Thomas was born in DeKalb, Ill., on May 12, 1948, the son of Selma (nee Hussung) and Wayne Ellmaker. Thomas was united in marriage to Barbara (nee Martin) on Aug. 15, 1970.
Thomas was a 33-year member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as a Stephen Ministry Leader and was a former elder. Thomas enjoyed coaching soccer, baseball and basketball for many city recreation leagues. In fact, he coached a 1989-90 expansion team, the Magic, to a Cedarburg recreational basketball league championship. Thomas also enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking, visiting Disney World, playing Risk, various card games and making up fun and entertaining games to amuse his children, nieces and nephews, and especially his grandchildren.
Thomas was also a pioneer video game enthusiast, mastering both Pong and Pac-Man.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Barbara; children: Jeff (Jyl) Ellmaker, Paul Ellmaker and Amanda Ellmaker; grandchildren: Evelyn and Ames; mother, Selma Ellmaker; siblings: Clare (Charlie) Kostelnick and Ginny (Dick) Thompson; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg. Family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Cedarburg Community Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.