Thomas "Tom" C. Bretl
September 23, 1950 - December 18, 2016
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Thursday 12/29, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Thursday 12/29, 3:00 pm

Thomas C. Bretl, age 66, of Appleton, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Tom was born on September 23, 1950, in Antigo, to the late Richard J. and Elizabeth (O'Brien) Bretl. He was a talented and respected truck driver for Pechiney Plastics (formerly American National Can). Tom was an avid motorcycle…

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Terry Eskew Van Beek left a message on December 30, 2016:
I am so sorry for your loss and offer my sympathy at this sad time. I have many great memories of camping at high banks, playing darts and good times in general with the Bretls and Metkos. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Marlene Dunn Till left a message on December 29, 2016:
It was hard to believe he is gone, but he has gotten his angel wings just in time to celebrate Christmas in heaven. Tom was a wonderful man. My heart goes out to all the family as I know what is like to lose a man of Tom's integrity & nature, as my husband died 6 weeks ago. Tom's pain is gone but his love will never end. We will surely miss him. Keep memories alive & he will smile on you forever.
Steve Kasten left a message on December 27, 2016:
we will miss Tom
Josh Wilson & Sara Bertam left a message on December 24, 2016:
Tom meant so much to us. He was that smiling hard working face that you could always depend on. From the races at Daytona to running a brush cutter at our property, to a occasional Hey you want to just get some dinner at the bar... He was an all around great guy who shared the same passion that some of us have. Our deepest sympathy he will be very missed. Josh & Sara
Kris Petersen-Gauthier left a message on December 23, 2016:
Tom's kindness and easy smile were ever present in the years we shared on Green Grove. He is already missed. Rick, Rhea, Sue and other family members, you have our deepest sympathy.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Jeff and Kris Driessen left a message on December 21, 2016:
The world just lost a great person. Tom was a good man and added a lot to the lives of people who knew him. I'm so sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.
The Mischler Family left a message on December 21, 2016:
Our deepest sympathy Sue and family. Prayers are with you during this difficult time and the days and weeks ahead.
Jim Krueger left a message on December 21, 2016:
I knew Tom from Blacks Drive back in 1965. We were friends from then on. He always loved cars and motor cycles. Later we worked at Presto products . Tom got me my job there. I was there for 33 years. We had lots of fun over the years and at a couple Blacks drive in reunions. I was so sorry to learn of Tom's illness especially when he had been so healthy all hi s life. Now he will join his loved ones in heaven and leave us here to carry on. I want to thank Toms sister Sue for the love and care she gave Tom while he was sick. You were a true blessing and comfort to him. My God's love be with Tom and his family , Warmest regards, Jim (Boots) Krueger
Mukwa Ode left a message on December 21, 2016:
I'm thanking creator for allowing me the privilege of meeting this great man. He was very talented and hard working. He raised wonderful loving children who pass his legacy on. My prayers for a peaceful journey. You will all see one another when creator calls.
Gary and Sharon Rine left a message on December 20, 2016:
With deepest sympathy to the Bretl family. 0ur thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. There are many treasured memories which will never be forgotten.
Gary and Sharon Rine left a message on December 20, 2016:
With deepest sympathy to the Bretl family. 0ur thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. There are many treasured memories which we will never be forgotten.
Woody Eckes left a message on December 20, 2016:
Rudy Gipp just got another rider to wrench for. Rest in peace my friend, remember the good times family and friends.
Deedee Sumner left a message on December 20, 2016:
So very sorry to hear this. Tom always had a great smile and laugh and will be missed. Hugs to the Bretl Family. Cherish those memories.....
Todd and Steph Darling and family left a message on December 20, 2016:
Tom will be greatly missed. The world lost an amazing man.
Vicki & Roger Schmidt left a message on December 20, 2016:
Sue, Rick & Rhea--we were so, so sorry to hear about Tom! He was always a kind, gentle man! You all will be in our thoughts and prayers!
Cindy Murphy left a message on December 20, 2016:
Tom Bretl family....My sympathies are with you at this difficult time. I haven't seen Tom for years but I do remember him as always having a smile and being a great guy. Rhea and Rick were just small children at the time. I have pictures of Rick and my daughter Tina (Hickinbotham) Sharer when they were quite small at Christmas time‚ò∫Tina also sends her condolences. Peace be with the family. Cindy Murphy ( formally Hickinbotham)
Scott Zarda left a message on December 20, 2016:
Our deepest sympathy to the Bretl family. There are many treasured memories shop talk, racing and an always eventful motorcycle ride. Tom was a true man, who was always an inspiration and an encouragement, which will never be forgotten. 0ur thoughts and prayers are with Family and friends at this difficult time.
Lynn Wakefield (fomerly Lynn Metko) left a message on December 20, 2016:
I'm so sorry to read this sad news. My condolences. Tom always had a chuckle. I knew he is one of the best kind of people from the day I met him.
Roaring Bear left a message on December 20, 2016:
Sue, Rick, and Rhea, I am filled with tears and sorrow about the loss of my fellow Warrior and good friend Tom, better known to me as Wolf, a man of true integrity, love, and compassion. Wolf has always been a friend, confidant, and provider of support to me during some of my most difficult times. My memories of Wolf are those of someone always smiling and full of life and that is how I will always remember him. Wolf has left a mark on my heart that will remain with me during my time on this earth. I love you Wolf. I love you Sue, Rick, and Rhea and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Don
Janet & Gary Stampka left a message on December 19, 2016:
Our deep sympathy goes to the Thomas Bretl family. We knew him as Rhea's father. We remember his nice smile and always tried to be around his family when needed. He loved his granddaughters very much. He will be missed. As someone who has lost a father, my heart aches for Rhea. You will be in our thoughts and prayers...
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Ron & Diane Newell left a message on December 19, 2016:
Sue, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother at such a young age. Ron especially remembered and enjoyed hunting and camping with Tom so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Ron & Diane Newell
Paula Grenier left a message on December 19, 2016:
Our prayers are with Sue , Rhea, Rick and the rest of the Bretl family. Tom was a loving, kind man. It was an honor to know him.
Mel Bailin left a message on December 19, 2016:
sending love to the Bretl family. Tom was a great, fun neighbor who always was willing to lend a hand, and Tom and his sense of humor will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace friend, and be pain free ! Love the Green Grove Neighbors..
Todd Kuepper left a message on December 19, 2016:
You all have my condolences. Now at least he has no pain.
Gail Leitermann left a message on December 19, 2016:
Rhea, I am truly sorry to hear of your father's death. He was one of my favorite father's when you were in the horse project. He showed his support and you made him very proud with all of your accomplishments then and now.
Kathy and Jim Egstad left a message on December 19, 2016:
So sorry to hear of Tom's death. We remember his great help moving us to Madison. Blessings to his family.
Johnson racing left a message on December 19, 2016:
The world has lost a truly great man. He loved his family, always had a good word for everyone he met. He was a great motorcycle enthusiast. He will be missed by everyone that ever knew him. RIP Tom, no more pain.
Schnabel family left a message on December 19, 2016:
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers for you and your family.
Char & Dave VanDenHeuvel left a message on December 19, 2016:
Sue, we are so sorry for your loss. Dave knew Tom and his father when they drove for American Can and thought highly of them both. Prayers for you and your family. RIP Tom.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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