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Thomas "Tom" Rector

December 9, 1924 - December 31, 2021

Tom Rector, 97, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021.  Husband of the late Jeraldine (Jerry) Smith Rector, father of Kristine (Greg) Gleason, Charlotte (Keith) Donnermeyer and Timothy (Christine) Rector, grandfather of Erin, Amanda, Nick, Laura, Stephanie and Andrew, great-grandfather of 7 and AFS dad of Lily.…read more

Tom Rector, 97, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021.  Husband of the late Jeraldine (Jerry) Smith Rector, father of Kristine (Greg) Gleason, Charlotte (Keith) Donnermeyer and Timothy (Christine) Rector, grandfather of Erin, Amanda, Nick, Laura, Stephanie and Andrew, great-grandfather of 7 and AFS dad of Lily.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin D. and Myrtle B. Rector and his brothers, John, Robert and David.

 

Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Tom was born on Dec. 9, 1924.  He and Jerry met while teenagers at a church youth group.  He graduated from South High School and attended Junior College until he enlisted in the Army to serve in WWII.  He participated in the Battle of the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaign. Upon his return, he and Jerry married on June 26, 1948.  They lived in Ann Arbor where he earned his BEE at the University of Michigan in 1950.  He began his career at Cutler-Hammer (now Eaton) in Milwaukee.  His long career included posts in Pittsburgh, Chicago, London and Paris as well as Milwaukee.   Following retirement from Eaton, Tom earned his real estate broker’s license and had a productive second career.    Tom was active in his church, community and the Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.   Tom’s outgoing personality was a joy to all those he met.  A celebration of his life will occur on April 2, 2022, 11:00 AM at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 3906 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface Church, Mequon (saintbonifacechurch.com) or American Field Service (afs.org).

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