May 21, 1948 — Feb. 17, 2019
Thomas “Tom” W. Papez, 70, of West Bend passed away unexpectedly on
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
He was born on May 21, 1948 to the late Ottmar and Marie (nee Wickert)
Papez in Hartford. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1967. On
July 31, 1981, he was united in marriage to Marie Hagner at Immanuel
United Church of Christ in West Bend. Tom worked as a tool and die maker
his whole life. He retired in 2000 and continued working out of his home
repairing, customizing, and fixing things. “If Tom couldn’t fix it, then
it couldn’t be fixed.”
Tom was a member of the Hartford Conservation and Gun Club, and shot trap
for over 50 years, and also was a member of the Wisconsin Mopar Muscle
Club. Tom’s big passion was his Tor Red 1970 Hemi Road Runner that he
restored and enjoyed at many car shows, winning over 100 trophies.
Together Tom and Marie built a house up north in Minocqua where they
enjoyed snowmobiling and having a good time with family and friends.
Whether up north or at home he always made people feel welcomed and
enjoyed their company. Tom will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Those Tom leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife,
Marie Papez; a sister, Arlene (Charles) Roemer; two brothers-in-law, Leo
(Diane) Hagner and Ralph (Laura) Hagner; four sisters-in-law, Vi (Hank)
Braatz, Joy (Rick) Haynes, Mary (Dan) Shepard, and Nancy Boegel; many
nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; many special friends; and
his two dogs, Rush and Koal.
If addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a niece, Rhonda
Hagner; three brothers-in-law, Edward Hagner, Richard Kopeschka, and
David Boegel; and his father and mother-in-law, Oscar and Olive Hagner.
A funeral service in remembrance of Tom will be held on Thursday, Feb.
21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral
Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. The family will greet relatives
and friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until the
time of service.
Memorial to the American Heart Association and the National Kidney
Foundation in Tom’s name is appreciated by the family.
“Just one more then we gotta go.”
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted
with Tom’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be