Thomas-Murtaugh-Obituary

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Thomas Rawson Murtaugh

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Jul 25, 1936 – Jun 3, 2019 (Age 82)

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Thomas Rawson Murtaugh, 82 of Menomonee Falls, WI passed away peacefully with family by his side on June 3, 2019.  Tom was born to Ursula Isabella (Netzinger) Murtaugh and James Francis Murtaugh on July 25, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI


Tom lived in or near Milwaukee most of his life. After graduating high school at St. John's Cathedral, he went on to get an Associate's degree in Telecasting at Milwaukee Institute of Technology and worked as a TV Floorman before serving in the Army, where he operated an Amateur Radio station under the Military Affiliate Radio System in Germany and was honorably discharged as Specialist.


Tom had many interesting jobs throughout his life, had a great work ethic and was a very creative man.  He loved, and was proud of, being a television Director and Producer at WISN, a manager at  and a photographer. While working at WISN, Tom produced a two-hour stage show and raised money for wounded Marines and Navy personnel at the Great Lakes Hospital in Chicago for three years. An Amateur Radio Operator since 1952, Tom was a member of various radio clubs, a founding member of LEFROG Radio Club, was granted Amateur Extra Class Radio Operator Privileges from the FCC and was always looking for the best place to put up an antenna. As a passionate semi-professional photographer; this was a job he never retired from. Tom loved to grill in any season, tell stories, make people laugh and listen to classical music while enjoying a glass of wine.


Tom's humor and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him, especially his loving daughters Heather Murtaugh (Thomas Smith) of Oconomowoc, Jill Murtaugh (Andrew Dunlap) of San Antonio, TX, sister Geraldine A. Dondero of Milwaukee, brother James E. Murtaugh (Mary) of Milwaukee, special friend Mary Ellen, many nieces, nephews and friends.


Tom is preceded in death by his beloved wife Sonja M. Rabago; brother-in-law Kenneth Patrick Dondero, brother John Kelly Murtaugh and his parents.


Visitation will be on Friday, June 14th at St. James Historic Chapel at W220N6588 Town Line Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 at 10 AM until the celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM.  Burial will be at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove on June 21st.


Tom's family would like to thank all of the staff at the View at Pine Ridge in Oconomowoc and the Aurora medical team for their compassionate and loving care of Tom.  Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors Family Support charities.

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the Ozaukee Radio Club extends it's deepest sympathy to you all at the loss of Tom (W9VBQ). He is fondly remembered by many of our members. A donation to the American Cancer Society will be made in his memory.



















































































In loving memory of a wonderful person. As a really good friend and neighbor at the Beverly Rd. apartments in Shorewood, Tom was always there for me and helped me during some very difficult times. There are so many funny stories I fondly remember too! I can honestly say he was the most kindest and gracious man I ever met. He will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to the Murtaugh family. RIP my dear friend.

I would like to extend my sympathy to Tom's family. May his memory be a blessing. Tom was wonderful neighbor to me and others on Beverly Rd. in Shorewood.

Tom, then WN9VBQ, participating in the ARRL's 1952 Field Day competition.

It's taken me a while to find this photo, but here's a shot of Tom at the Milwaukee Radio Amateur Amateur Club's 1952 Field Day operations in June of that year. Tom's the guy on top of the club's truck, helping erect one of the many antennas fielded for this important competition conducted each year by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). As noted, Tom was 15 at the time.

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF TOM MURTAUGH. WHOSE NAME I IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZED WHILE READING THE OBITS, ON LINE, IN LAS VEGAS.

TOM & I, WERE CLASSMATES STUDYING TELEVISION PRODUCTION AT THE MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR SEVERAL YEARS, DURING THE TIME FRAME WHEN THE MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, MADE AN APPLICATION TO APPROVE AN EDUCATIONAL TV CHANNEL TO BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE MILWAUKEE AREA WHICH BECAME CHANNEL 10, AND IN LATER YEARS, CHANNEL 36.

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I only met Tom the once. Heather introduced me to her Dad whilst I was visiting her from the UK. He welcomed me to his home for a Barbeque and was very friendly, funny and a generous person. Condolences from our
family to you all. Tom will never be forgotten.

This takes me back to 1958-59 when Tom and I and Chuck Grand would be in Chuck's basement listening to modern jazz and my Tom Lehrer LPs and they'd spin wild stories, and plans to form Grandtaugh productions...and when Tom came back from the Army and was getting back to the civilian life, the first month we walked for miles and miles in the evenings on the East side, and I loved Tom desperately, desperately (platonically) the way one can at 19. It is good to know that he had such a full and...