Thomas M. "Tom" Bedore
1956 - 2011
BORN
1956
DIED
2011
Thomas M. "Tom" Bedore, age 58, Sheboygan, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at The Heritage Hospice in Appleton. Tom was born on June 15, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, son of John and Dolores (Boerstal) Bedore. Growing up in Wisconsin, he learned to love bird hunting, fishing, and camping at an early age and was passionate about them his entire life. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Tom had a very successful career as an on-air radio personality (his air name was Tom Collins) in Wisconsin, New York, and California, with the highlight being his many years on the "Tom and Jerry Show," KSO, Des Moines, Iowa. He also did voice work and field producing of radio and TV commercials.

Tom is survived by his parents, John and Dolores, Appleton; three brothers, John Jr. (Sue Swamer) Bedore, Timothy (Karen) Bedore, and James (Carrie) Bedore; and a nephew, Ben, and nieces, Annie and Claire.

A memorial mass for Tom will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton, with Fr. Dennis Ryan officiating. Friends may call on Saturday at church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom's name may be made to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Memorial Contributions, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN, 38120. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the caregivers with ThedaCare Hospice for your loving and good-humored care. Tom loved you all.

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Published by Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 29, 2011.
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TOM WAS MY FRIEND IN DES MOINES AND I MISS UEARING HIS GREAT RADIO VOICE.
WE EACH HAD FUN MAKING THE OTHER LAUGH AND BEING SILLY ON K S O FOR 10 YEARS.
WE WERE THE BREAKFAST FLAKES AND BOTH ENJOYED MORNING RADIO. HIS VOICE WAS
ALWAYS BETTER THAN MY VOICE EVEN WHEN WE TALKED ON THE PHONE YEARS LATER.
WE EACH PLAYED DANCE MUSIC ON THURSDAY NIGHTS AND AFTER VERY LITTLE SLEEP,
FRIDAY MORNING RADIO WAS VERY GOOFY AND FUN.
GOOD JOB UNCLE TOMMY, YOU MADE ME LAUGH!
DENNIS"JERRY'JAMES


Dennis James
November 23, 2020
Tom and I worked together at 93.5 KKBN in Sonora. I still use the techniques he shared to get the voice ready for morning radio. We even shared a wonderful thanksgiving together one year. I will miss him, and his calls to help with cool edit pro.
Justin Flores
December 9, 2011
I am so shocked and sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I met Tom when we both worked at WWSP-FM while attending UWSP, and I later was at KIOA when Tom was at KSO. He was a terrific and talented person. I am saddend that he was taken from us at such an early age. God's blessing to you, Tom. When you see Johnny, make sure you do your impersonation of him. I think he'll like it. Hawk
December 4, 2011
Tom...thanks for being such a wonderful and special friend! Your voice and your jokes will always make me smile. My prayers are with your family and friends. I miss you!
Bev
December 2, 2011
Dear Tim,
Sandy and I were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I know that you were very close to him and will miss him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Jim and Sandy Morin
December 2, 2011
Tom, I will miss your great voice and how we still made eachother laugh after all these years. Morning radio will never be the same. God bless my friend
"Uncle Tommy"... Dennis"Jerry"James
December 1, 2011
Oh Tom.... what great memories ! I purchased Tom's prize possesion.. his 1980 Black MG. He hesitated selling it to me, thinking a girl wouldn't be able to love and care for that car. Well I fooled you! I'm so sorry we lost contact with each other. You always had a smile on your face and had a very gentle soul. You will be missed by the many persons that love you. Peace and love for your eternal rest.
Brenda Davitt
November 30, 2011
Brenda Davitt
November 30, 2011
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the whole Bedore family. Thank-you for sharing Tom with us here at the Hospice Residence. I will surely miss his smile. His humor and most of all our long talks about his life. Gods Blessings. Roberta
Roberta Manske
November 30, 2011
Tim and family....I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I know how close all the Bedore brothers were growing up and what a loss this is to your family. I fondly remember Tom's "radio voice" which he liked to use occasionally at family dinners. Keep the good memories strong.
Gail (Plantz) Smith
Gail Smith
November 29, 2011
I am very sorry to learn of this loss. Tom provided me with many smiles. He was a kind, funny and chivalrous man. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Tracy Schultz
November 29, 2011
Tim and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your memories bring you smiles during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Marty (Dorchester) Distel
November 29, 2011
This is a sad day for many Iowans, who fondly recall listening to Tom on KSO and other stations in our state. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.--Jeff Stein, Iowa broadcasting historian
Jeff Stein
November 29, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tom and I worked together for a few years at KSO in Des Moines when I was Production Manager there in the late '70s and early '80s. I always enjoyed his great good humor. He'll be missed by so many friends and family.
Michael Meacham
November 29, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with you in your loss! I worked with Tom in Cedar Rapids and enjoyed talking to him. Tom was such a thoughtful, uplifting person and will be missed! Katheryn Foxx Mix 96.5
November 29, 2011
I worked with Tom at KSO in Des Moines, IA for 3 years. He was always fun, smiling, laughing and kidding around. My wife also worked at KSO with Tom and Jerry and we both loved Tom very much. We are very saddened by this news. Tom was a great on-air voice talent entertaining hundreds of thousands of people daily with his wit and humor. Our regrets and sympathy. Bob and Vickie Harbert
Bob Harbert
November 29, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.



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