Thomas Holzman

Date of Death: Dec 01, 2016
Thomas Holzman

1948 - 2016

Thomas Wayne Holzman, 68, of Waupun, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on December 1st, 2016 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Thomas was born to Elmer Holzman Sr. and Sabina (Filipiak) Holzman at St. Agnes Hospital on January 10th, 1948 in Fond du Lac, WI. He graduated from Goodrich High School Class of 1966. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army December 1967 where he was part of the 82nd Airborne and served in the Vietnam War from May of 1968 to May of 1969. Upon arrival back home, he met the love of his life Mary (Westhuis) Holzman and wed on November 14th 1970 at Alto Reformed Church. Together they had three children, six grandchildren with one on the way. Thomas retired from National Rivet on April 19th, 2013 after 36 years. He enjoyed traveling, attending all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and concerts, being Santa, bowling, spending time with friends at the Senior Center of Waupun, and attending 82nd Airborne Conventions throughout the nation. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 210 of Waupun, VFW Post 6709 of Waupun, the Panther Association Parachute Infantry Regiment, the Golden Brigade Chapter of the 82nd Airborne and an all-american member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Holzman of Waupun; a son, Troy (special friend Paula) Holzman and granddaughters, Rachel and Kayla Holzman of Waupun; a son, Patrick (Dolly) Holzman, and grandsons, Wyatt, Dalton and Jesse Holzman of Fond du Lac; and a daughter, Angela (Nick) Puddy and granddaughter, Rian Puddy of Fond du Lac with a grandchild on the way; brother, James (Donna) Holzman of Scottsville, KY; sister-in-law, Sharon (Westhuis) Groy of Waupun; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer (Sabina) Holzman Sr.; step-mother, Ethel Holzman; brother, John Holzman; brother, Elmer (Carol) Holzman Jr.; father-in-law, Lawrence Westhuis; mother-in-law, Josephine (Van Buren) Westhuis; and brother-in-law, James Groy.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at the funeral home from 4-6:30 p.m.


Funeral services for Thomas Holzman will be held Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Werner Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun. American Legion Post 210 of Waupun and VFW Post 6709 of Waupun will provide military honors.

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  1. Brenda Marshall Says: December 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Our sympathy Mary and family

  2. Steve & Karen Says: December 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    We will miss you, Brother, and friend. It was my privilege to know you. And to you Mary, We send our love and prayers, as well the rest of the family. Karen and I will pray a special prayer for all of you. Love You.

  3. Michael Ignera Says: December 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. He will be remembered for the kind man he was.

    Love, Laura & Mike Ignera

  4. Carla Hartwig Says: December 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

    May God bless you at this time you are in my thoughts and prayers

  5. Patti LaPine Kulaga Says: December 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Mary & Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Tom. We grew up together and he was a Goodrich classmate. I always enjoyed our visits at the class reunions. I wondered why I didn’t see Tom at our 50th in Sept. Now I know why.

    You’re in my thoughts & prayers. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

    Patti LaPine Kulaga

  6. Mary Letourneau Says: December 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    On behalf of the Goodrich Class of 1966 we would like to express our condolences to Tom’s family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. Amy Ruppert and Family Says: December 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Tom sounds like an honorable man who lived a wonderful life, surrounded with friends and family. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Our prayers are with you during this hard time. May Tom rest in eternal peace until you see each other again.

  8. Howard young Says: December 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Condolenses to your family. Im happy they stuck with you through life.
    C-1/505. Night fighters of cobra country.
    05-68 – 05-69

  9. Marnette - Badger Honor Flight Says: December 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

    The volunteers, flight team and board of Badger Honor Flight mourn the loss of our hero Thomas Holzman. We are thankful for his service and saddened that he was unable to fly to Washington D.C. with us.

  10. Randi Hoffmann Says: December 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I am so sad to see this wonderful man leave us. Tom, it was an honor and a privilege to have know you. Rest in peace my friend.

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