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Thomas L. Joy, Jr

Issue Date: November 5, 2020

Thomas LeRoy Joy, Jr., 88 years of age, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020, with the love of his life of 68 years, Jacqueline M. (Elias) Joy by his side and surrounded in love with his family. 

He was born on August 4, 1932 to Thomas C. and Nina (May) Joy and raised on the family farm in the Town of Grover. He later graduated from Marinette High School. Tom met Jackie at a local dance where they fell in love and were married on September 27, 1952.

Tom was a proud owner of Tom Joy and Son, Inc., a trucking company which was started by his father in 1944. The company originated as a means to haul his own cattle and later evolved into a family-run transportation business. While trucking, he also farmed until 1986. There, they raised their six children. He has been blessed with a large family including their 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 

Tom was a member of Grover-Porterfield Fire Department, Harmony Sportsman's Club and AMPI for many years. He was an avid hunter who shared the love of the sport and his land through the generations. Family was the most important thing in Tom's life. Along with his wife Jackie, they taught our large family to love family and friends alike; be kind to all and his favorite quote "I put my pants on like everyone else, one leg at a time!" 

Tom is survived by his wife Jackie; their six children and spouses, Tom & Cathy, Dan & Jane, Daryl & Maureen, Debbie & Matt Brown, Julie & Jeff Hartwig and Brenda & Ken Shevy; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, June Ehlers; two very special friends, Jack Clark and Enid Behnke; many special nieces and nephews and extended Canadian family members.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two beloved grandchildren, Tabitha Jean Hartwig and Benjamin Thomas Joy; his in-laws, Joseph and Ann  Elias; his sisters and their husbands, Orlene (Asa) Weed and Audrey (John) Glass; sisters-in-law, Joan Kallstrom, Jean Winkler and Janet Sanders; brother-in-law, Dick Ehlers and nephew, Gene Weed.

Family is being assisted by Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family plans a private funeral.


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