THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas I. Wilkins
Issue Date: May 6, 2020
Thomas Isaac Wilkins, 83, of Black Earth, a former resident of Wausaukee, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Aster Assisted Living in Monroe.
Born July 13, 1936, in Madison, to Otto and Myrella (Halverson) Wilkins, he graduated from Black Earth High School and UW-Madison becoming a Teacher, Administrator and Coach. He believed in progress in education and enjoyed seeing his students and athletes improve from year to year.
As an athlete in High School, he participated in baseball, basketball and football and also played Home Talent baseball first with Cross Plains for a couple years and then for his hometown team in Black Earth where he earned recognition for League Leading Batter with an average of .444 in 1967.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in August 2000 and has a plaque in his honor on the Hall of Fame Wall at "Just a Game" in Wisconsin Dells.
He had a passion for athletics and was interested in any activity or event that took place at the school and community he was in. Interested in whatever community he served, he kept in contact with many and subscribed to their local newspaper. He taught Phy Ed at Wasusaukee High School for 10 years in the 1960's where he was also the head Varsity Basketball Coach. The team he coached went to Sectionals but lost to Wausau due to several key players that were out with the flue at that time. Some of his players from Wausaukee recently visited him before his passing while he was in Assisted Living.
A man of faith, from young on, he lived his life by example without realizing it, because it was natural. He was a faithful member of the Vermont Lutheran Church in Black Earth and was the owner of lsaac's Antiques & Soaps in Mount Horeb since 1995. He appreciated and enjoyed the many loyal employees and renters through the years that they were fortunate to have.
He is survived by a sister, Barbara (Kenneth) Olson; devoted companion and friend, Patsy Hawkinson; nephews and niece, David (Kristina) Olson, Jan (John) Hagen and Trygve (Marci Martin) Olson; grand-nephews and nieces, Tyler Olson, Trisha Olson, Riley (Inseon) Hagen, Darby Hagen, Brady Hagen and Brandon Hagen and other relatives and friends.
His parents preceded him in death.
Due to the COVID-19 Virus, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Vermont Lutheran Church, 9886 Vermont Church Rd., Black Earth, tentatively in August, with Pastor Barry Hoerz presiding. Visit www.gundersonfh.com for updated service information and to leave condolences for the family. Gunderson Camacho Black Earth Funeral and Cremation Care is assisting the family with arrangements.