Thomas O. Backhaus

Thomas O. Backhaus, 65, of North Fond du Lac, died Monday, July 4, 2016, at home.

He was born on April 10, 1951, in West Bend, a son of Carl F. and Pearl Soyk Backhaus.

Tom served with the United States Army in Germany.

Tom worked at Mercury Marine for 44 years, retiring in January of 2014.  He held several positions there, with his last position as a yard driver, taking parts from plant to plant with a semi, which he loved to drive.

He was an avid fisherman, spending many days on Lake Winnebago.  He also enjoyed hunting, baseball, golfing, and being everyone’s handyman.  Tom also liked sharing his garden with everyone.

He is survived by his siblings:  Roman (Lin) Backhaus of Fond du Lac, Dianne (Mike) Syms of Rhinelander, Barb (Matt) Meyer of Surprise, Arizona, Carl (Trudy) Backhaus of Fond du Lac, Perry Backhaus of Campbellsport, Glenn (Janet) Fick of Slinger, Gloria Mabe of Menasha, and Charlene Kibbe (friend, Don) of Fond du Lac; 11 nieces and nephews; many grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law; and various relatives.

VISITATION:  The visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016,               at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, and on Friday, July 15, 2016, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

SERVICE:  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Burial will be in Ledgeview Memorial Park with military rites conducted by the Trier-Puddy Post 75.

The family would like to thank Officer Eagen of the North Fond du Lac Police Department, Deputy Medical Examiner, Dave Lefeber of the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel for their kind assistance.

Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family,