Thomas Jonathan Moder was born on September 26, 1938 at New London Community Hospital to Jonathan and Dorothy (Wilfhur) Moder. He grew up in Bear Creek and graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1956. Tom entered the U.S. Navy straight out of school and served from May of 1956 to September of 1959. He was united in marriage on November 19, 1966 to Marion L. Hoerning at St. Denis Catholic Church, Shiocton. In his early days, Tom helped out on the family dairy farm in the Town of Bear Creek. Then he drove semi over-the-road as an owner and operator for many years. The couple lived in the Shiocton area for much of their married life and then settled in Clintonville in 2006.
Tom was a proud volunteer with the Shiocton / Bovina Fire Department and also served as a local EMT for a number of years. He always enjoyed being outdoors; whether it was walleye fishing or deer hunting on the Rhode farm. Tom was a hard worker and he stayed active working well into his early seventies. He loved spending time with his family and spoiling the grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marion; and three children, Tammy (Brad) Fette of New London, Troy (Kristie) Moder of Shiocton, and Todd (friend Ashley Huey) Moder of New London. There are nine grandchildren; Darrin Young, Dillan Young, Damien Fette, Trent Moder, Peyton Moder, Parker Moder, Madysen Moder, Lane Huey, and Journey Huey. There are three great grandchildren; Ashton, Colton, and Lilly Young. There are four siblings; Dorothy Cowden of Vero Beach, FL, John (Genevieve) Moder of Clintonville, Duane (Joan) Moder of Kimberly, and Mickey Meyers of Michigan. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, a son Timothy Jonathan Moder, his step father Edward Rhode, a sister Mary Desmond, a brother-in-law Bill Cowden, and three grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 19th at 11:00 AM at Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville. Deacon Joe Lehman will officiate and burial will be at St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Shiocton. Military Honors will be provided at the funeral home by members of the VFW Post 664, American Legion Post 63, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63, all of Clintonville. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.