Wednesday, November 13, 2019


January 31, 1939—June 25, 2019

   TOMAH - On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Thomas Arthur Gilmore passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospice Unit in Tomah Wisconsin.

   Thomas was born on January 31, 1939, in Sparta, Wisconsin, to James G. and Sylvia I. (Warner) Gilmore. He spent his childhood in and around Tomah. He was a graduate of Tomah High School class of 1957. Thomas enlisted in the Tomah National Guard in 1956 and then enlisted in the US Army in January 1959, after basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he served in Germany.

   In 1965, Thomas was sent to Vietnam, he served 2 tours in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1968, when he returned to the Tomah area. Thomas farmed in the Town of Oakdale until 1985. He gave up farming, moved to the Ontario area and began working at Tomah Veterans Hospital as a Nursing Assistant. He retired 15 years ago. He married Leslie Ann Bacla on February 12, 2010. His son, Andrei Thomas was born December 22, 2013.

   Thomas took pride in being a Veteran and was active in the American Legion. He loved woodworking, reading, and being out on the farm. His greatest love was his family.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Sylvia; brothers, James and Jerry; and sisters, Barbara and Peggi.

   Thomas is survived by his wife, Leslie Ann; sons, Joshua Thomas Taylor and Andrei Thomas; 3 sisters, Judith Kratche, Camp Douglas WI, Brenda (David) Bell, and Janyce (Russell) McKenna, both of Tomah, WI; as well as many niece, nephews, cousins and friends.

   A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, 33907 County Highway EE, Warrens. Pastor Daren DeFord will officiate. Thomas will be laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery, Mather, with full military honors. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

   Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah has been entrusted with arrangements.

   Online condolences can be left at

Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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