Thomas George "Tom" Wiebke
1941 - 2020
BORN
1941
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home Caledonia Chapel
518 W Main St
Caledonia, MN 55921

Thomas 'Tom' George Wiebke

On Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, Thomas "Tom" George Wiebke, 79, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away from a heart attack while deer hunting. He was born June 9, 1941, in Caledonia, Minn., to Junior and Lucy (Meyer) Wiebke. He grew up on a farm in rural Eitzen, Minn., and later moved to town where he attended grade school. He graduated from Caledonia High School in 1959, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He then attended the University of Minnesota for two years, before returning home to join the family business and be with his father during his prevailing health issues.

On July 13, 1963, he married Judith Marie Comstock and they raised three children. For the next 60 years, Tom grew the family business from the small basement of Wiebke Produce, to one of the largest fur exporting companies in the country. Tom became an icon in the fur industry, where he was well known and respected throughout the world. Many referred to Tom as North America's #1 coyote expert. It was not uncommon to see people from Italy, Greece, Germany, Russia, Canada, or China, in the small town of Eitzen, while they were visiting Wiebke Fur. Tom loved interacting with customers and employees. He had a few favorite nicknames he often used, including Cowboy, Lefty, and Whistle. For those who knew him, it was an honor to be called by one of these names.

Tom was a man of many talents. He was an avid outdoors-men, experienced hunter and fisherman, and very talented card player and golfer. He was a master in the kitchen and took great pride in cooking at his cabin for his friends and family. He enjoyed making a variety of wild game and was known for his walleye and venison. He never used a recipe and was always able to create memorable meals that will be cherished.

Tom was very involved in the local community, serving on the Eitzen Fire Department and was a founding member of the Eitzen Lions Club. He also served on the Caledonia school board, MaCal Grove board of directors, Eitzen fire board, and most recently, on the board of directors for the Eitzen State Bank.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Judy; children, Dan (Julie) of Onalaska, Dawn (John) Montague of Edina, Minn., and Jason (Dana) of Caledonia; seven grandchildren, Mara, Amanda, Melissa, Evan, Elle, Tyler, and Jenna; his sister, Judith Murdock of Mukilteo, Wash., and her children, Mark and Jennifer (Pierce) Jacoway.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Junior and Lucy; his brother-in-law, Bruce Murdock; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Neil and Marie Comstock.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at St. Luke's Church, 23995 State Hwy. 76, Eitzen, Minn., 55931. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, and from 1 p.m. until the time of service, Friday, both at St. Luke's Church, Eitzen. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For those who want to listen to the funeral service from the parking lot of the church, 87.9 FM will be broadcasting the funeral. Online condolences may be left at jandtfredrickson.com.

Jandt Fredrickson is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Dec. 9, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Dec
10
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
St. Luke's Church
23995 State Hwy. 76, Eitzen, Minnesota
Dec
11
Visitation
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St. Luke's Church
23995 State Hwy. 76, Eitzen, Minnesota
Dec
11
Funeral service
2:00p.m.
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23995 State Hwy. 76, Eitzen, Minnesota
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Thoughts and prayers to the Wiebke family. My condolences.
Terry Collins
December 16, 2020
Sincere sympathy to all of Tom´s family. I always enjoyed talking to Tom when I came up there. He will be missed.
Fred Leonhart
December 14, 2020
Judy, I am so sorry!! My sympathy to you and all your family! Chris Swain
Chris Swain
December 12, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the entire Wiebke family. I was shocked to hear of Tom's passing. I have great memories from our childhood fishing and camping trips with all of our families. Those were special times that I will never forget. Tom was a man of great integrity and a love for his family.
Denise Anderson Hahnkamp
December 11, 2020
Our sympathy goes out to the weibke family at this difficult time. The Redsten Family
Ron Redsten and family
December 10, 2020
Will miss my walleye fishing buddy.buzz
Buzz anderson
December 10, 2020
Our sympathy to family and friends.
Loren and Gisela Hartley
December 10, 2020
Roger Fruechte
December 10, 2020
Our heart felts thoughts at these difficult times to the Wiebke family. From your long time customers and friends. Sue, Kenny Lukaszewski Sugar cookie gal..
Sue and Kenny Lukaszewski
December 9, 2020
Tim Caven
December 9, 2020
Oh my! What a wonderful life! Honor to have met this man. My sympathy to family and friends.
Linda West
December 9, 2020