Thomas James Driessen
1944 - 2020
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Thomas James Driessen

Kaukauna - Thomas J. Driessen, age 76, passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2020. He was born on May 26, 1944, son of the late Quintin and Helen (Wegand) Driessen.

Tom attended Holy Cross School and graduated from Kaukauna High School in the class of 1962. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam from 1964-1966. He was a member of Vietnam veteran Appleton Chapter 351 and the Wrightstown American Legion Post #436.

On May 20, 1967, Tom married Diana Ellis at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kaukauna. He was employed as a draftsman with Kaukauna Utilities for 34 years until retiring in 2001. Tom was a member and former president of the Kaukauna Sportsman's Club and a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed wildlife and all nature.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Diana Driessen; a daughter, Catherine (Scott) Hansen; a grandson, Bradley (Breanna) Hansen; a sister, JoAnn Yingling; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law: Louis and Ginevra Planert; a Godson, Jay Yingling; and a brother-in-law, James Yingling.

Private graveside services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Kaukauna. A memorial will be established in Tom's name. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 23, 2020
Di, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Tom lived a true love story and you were an inspiration to many. Please Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sharon School
August 10, 2020
Dear Diana,
We are so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the love of family and friends. You have beautiful memories that will comfort you and last forever.
Robert & Darlene Schultz
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