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Thomas P. Lamers, age 76, of Little Chute, passed away after a lengthy battle with a disease called POEMS Syndrome, on August 10, 2018. He was born in Little Chute, son of the late Jack and Katherine (Evers) Lamers. He Attended St. John High School.
Tom married his wife of 37 years, Deb Van Hammond on July 10, 1981. Before becoming ill, they did some traveling to Hawaii, Bahamas and several cruises. The golf trips to the Bahamas with good friends were his favorite. Tom worked for UPS for 31 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1960-1968. He loved sports, including softball, golf, bowling and horseshoes. He was an avid Brewers and Packers fan.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Deb; four daughters: Sara (Paul) Pederson, Beth (Paul) Hoffman, Jill Damrau and Lisa (Chris) McRae; 9 grandchildren: Nicole, Alexa and Matt Pederson, Hannah and Sadie Tourville, Stephanie and Emma Winske, Michael and Chloe McRae; siblings: Jan (Ron) Hietpas, Jay (Kay) Lamers and Linda (fiance John Schroeder) Hammen; brothers-in-law: Dave (Jean) Van Hammond and Don (Louise) Van Hammond; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Kate Lamers; father and mother-in-law: Bud and Wilma Van Hammond; and a brother-in-law, Doug Hammen.
A celebration of Tom’s life will take place at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 101 Canal Street, Little Chute, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial service and Military honors performed by the American Legion Post #258 will conclude the evening. Inurnment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
Tom’s family would like to remember and thank the following: Dr. Montgomery Elmer for 18 years of compassionate care while Tom was fighting the cancer, Dr. Avi Bar-Lev at Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology for keeping him stable for so many years and ThedaCare Visiting Nurses and Hospice for making him so comfortable and being so caring. You will all never be forgotten.
Also, a very special thank you to all of our neighbors for their help. Some people never have the pleasure of having one good neighbor. We would not trade a single one of ours.
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