Gilbert Gerald “Butch” Tomfohrde, age 87, of Vesper, WI passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.
A time of visitation for relatives and friends will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vesper. Private family services will follow. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Vesper. The service will be recorded and available for viewing on Gilbert’s obituary page on the funeral home website www.hermantaylorfuneralhome.com beginning Saturday, February 13th.
Gilbert was born April 20, 1933 in Arpin, WI to Gilbert Sr. and Ruth (Brehm) Tomfohrde. He graduated from Auburndale High School. He served his country in the National Guard prior to enlisting in the United States Army where he served from 1953-1955, attaining the rank of Corporal.
He was united in marriage to Carol Joy Lubeck on June 15, 1957 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vesper. They were blessed with 64 years together.
In 1960, Gilbert and Carol bought a farm with 50 acres of woods. They milked cows for several years and raised beef cattle. Gilbert worked at Consolidated Papers Inc. as a millwright in paperboard products, Consoweld, and the Biron Division, retiring in 1989. He continued to farm in retirement.
Gilbert was very active in the Vesper community. He was a longtime member of the Vesper Lions Club where he held several offices. He was very involved with the Vesper Lions Softball league, taking on tasks from scheduling to grounds maintenance. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vesper where he served as trustee for many years. He enjoyed his time in the woods cutting firewood and making trails for his ATV. He also enjoyed fishing and teaching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren about fishing. He was an avid Packer and Badger football fan.
Gilbert is survived by his loving wife, Carol; three daughters: Jennifer (Steve) Pernsteiner of Inverness, FL, Cynthia (Larry) Lutz of Larkspur, CO, and Patti (Andre) Nicholas of Argyle, TX; six grandchildren: Andrew Pernsteiner, Rachel (Chris) Beckner, Desiree (Michael) White, Nicholas (McKenna) Nicholas, Dallas (Sydney) Nicholas, and Morgan Nicholas; six great-grandchildren: Peyton, Preston, Sophie, Guinevere, Kiera, and Maeve; two brothers: Ronald (Carol) Tomfohrde of Vesper and David (Marilyn) Tomfohrde of Hinsdale, IL; one sister, Marlene (James) Fulton of Wisconsin Rapids; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Jeffrey and Mitchell; one sister, Peggy; and one brother, Charles.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, is honored to be assisting the family.
Memorials may be designated to Trinity Lutheran Church in Vesper.
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