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From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



Thomas Tompkins


Thomas LaVerne Tompkins, 65, a lifelong Hallie resident, passed away Friday, May 5, 2006, at Sacred Heart Hospital surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.

Thomas was born December 3, 1940, in Eau Claire to Loneil and Marie (Wheelock) Tompkins. Tom attended Longfellow Elementary and then Eau Claire Junior High. At that time he met his lifelong friend, Norm “Butch” Werlein, who became a brother to him. Band was a great interest for Tom, followed by his love for cars. Around 14 years of age, Tom joined the Boy Scouts, and later developed into the Eau Claire Drum and Bugle Corps, where he played the saxophone and then the drums. Tom graduated from the Drum and Bugle Corps on his 21st birthday. Tom worked construction for PV Farmer for over 30 years. Tom’s personal interests were one thing — any cars from the 1930s. He was affectionately known as “Mr. Model A.” He liked old Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Cushman scooters. Tom lived and breathed old car shows and swap meets. He greatly adored and respected his mother and everything she had done to help him.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Tompkins; and his mother, Marie Tompkins.

He was preceded in death by his loving father, Loneil.

A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Prock Funeral Home, with the Reverend Edmund Klimek officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery.