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Wageman, Thomas Mathias (1952 - 2024)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 5/9/2024 at 17:07:29

Name of deceased: Thomas Mathias Wageman

Aged: 72 yrs, 2 mo, 27 days

Residence: Bennington, Douglas County, NE

Born: Jan. 26, 1952; Harlan, Shelby County, IA

Died: April 22, 2024; Bennington, Douglas County, NE

Funeral services: Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, April 29, 2024; St. Boniface Catholic Church, Westphalia, IA; burial was in St. Boniface Cemetery, Westphalia, IA

Survived by: Wife of 52 years, Teresa; children, Chad Wageman of Alton, IL, Julie (spouse, Kyle) Funk of Portsmouth, IA, Sam (spouse, Emily) Wageman of Elkhorn, NE, and Sara Wageman of Elkhorn, NE; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Joann (spouse, Jim) Hodapp of Westphalia, IA, Donna (spouse, Jim) Tamura of Kapolei, HI, Karen (spouse, Rick) Carroll of Omaha, NE, Cheryl Christiansen of Papillion, NE, and Dan (spouse, Aileen) Wageman of Wahoo, NE; nieces; nephews; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, John C. and Margaret (nee Schomers) Wageman

Education: Attended school in Westphalia/Defiance, IA; graduated from Harlan (IA) Community High School with the Class of 1970; while there, he led the baseball team to its first ever state tournament appearance in 1969.

Religious affiliation: Baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Westphalia, IA

Military service: no information provided

Marriage: Teresa Graeve; Oct. 9, 1971; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Earling, IA

Employment: Farmer, but also worked many jobs to support his family, including at Iowa Western Pork.

Hobbies/Interests: Tom began playing town team baseball for the Westphalia Red Sox in 1970, was named MVP of the 1976 Harvest Tournament, went on to become the league’s all-time leader in home runs, and had a special bond with his Red Sox teammates. Baseball was where he impacted so many kids' lives in the Shelby County area as a coach. Upon retiring in 1994, and several times after, Tom took up umpiring the game and continued to enjoy the camaraderie for many years. He was a great basketball player and remained involved by refereeing town team basketball. Enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved watching Yankees, Celtics, Gunsmoke, and Muhammad Ali; other hobbies included farming, playing Pitch and 500, and drinking chocolate milk by the gallon; he liked to listen to rock n’ roll music, especially The Beatles.

Sources: pauleyjones.com


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