Thomas Ziebell

Thomas Neal Ziebell

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
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Thomas N. Ziebell, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. He was born in Oshkosh, WI the son of the late Ralph and Evelyn (Bishop) Ziebell. He was raised in Philadelphia, PA until the age of 15 when his family returned to Oshkosh. He attended Oshkosh High School.

Tom joined the Naval Reserve and then joined the U.S. Navy in November 1957. He served through November 1961 during The Cold War. He went to the Great Lakes Naval Station for basic training and corpsman school then transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. He worked in the dental department as a Dental Technician. While on the carrier he traveled to Cuba, Bermuda, Nova Scotia and up and down the East Coast. The USS Valley Forge lost its flight deck during a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina. He went to the Brooklyn Naval Yard for six months for the repairs to the flight deck.

When Tom got out of the Navy he returned to Oshkosh and worked at the Winnebago State Hospital, the Leach Company and then the Oshkosh Police Department, where he worked until he retired in 1997. While on the police force he was a training officer and he enjoyed working with the new officers.

Tom married Judith M. Chase on September 21, 1963. They had three daughters, Julie, Susan and Debra. Tom was a part of the Big Brother’s Program where he met 11 year old Jim Messing. Jim and his wife LuAnn and their family have been a part of the Ziebell Family for 48 years.

Tom was a member of the Elks Lodge #292 and the American Legion Post #70. He enjoyed going to the family cottage in Mount Morris. He loved fishing, swimming and boating at the cottage. Tom was on a golf league and a bowling league in his younger years. He was an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers Football. He also enjoyed watching golf.

Tom and Judy enjoyed many trips to South Dakota and Wyoming. A few of their favorite places were The Devils Tower and Yellowstone National Park in WY. Their absolute favorite was Deadwood, SD. where they gambled at Kevin Costner’s “Midnight Star Casino”.

Tom will be especially remembered for his huge personality, sense of humor and his generous heart. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He will be greatly missed and forever loved!

Tom is survived by his wife, Judy; children: Julie Augsburger, Susan (Michael) Mosling and Debra (Thomas) Meyer; grandchildren: Ethan and Evan Augsburger, Chase Mosling, Mitchell and Sarah Meyer; sister, Patricia Schoenaur; sisters-in-law: Judith I. Ziebell and Roberta Turk; “little brother”, Jim (LuAnn) Messing; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally Schissel; brothers: Jerrold and Michael Ziebell; brothers-in-law: Max Schissel and LeRoy Schoenaur; and nephew, Jerrold Ziebell Jr.

A visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Seefeld Funeral Home, with Rev. Dave Eisley officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Oshkosh, followed by a lunch at the Elks Club at 175 W. Fernau Ave.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Seefeld Funeral Home
    1025 Oregon St
    Oshkosh, WI 54902
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  • Service

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 12:00pm
    Seefeld Funeral Home
    1025 Oregon St
    Oshkosh, WI 54902
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Lakeview Memorial Part
    2786 Algoma BLVD
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
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Doug Berger

Posted at 10:29am
It was an honor and privilege to have served with Tom on the Oshkosh Police Dept. In retirement we were fortunate to get together on occasion over lunch with other retiree's to share memories. I'll never forget his laughter and sense of humor. May your family be at peace remembering a life well lived. God Bless Doug Berger

Brian Hintz

Posted at 09:35pm
To the big toad!!!! R.i.P.. Love Brian, Donna, Jeff and Jake
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William and Mary Sterba

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Annette Bellucci and Terry Nolan

Posted at 08:48am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All our love to you. Nettie and Terry
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Posted at 09:48pm
Thank you for your service! You will forever be remembered in the Oshkosh High/West Veterans’ Honor Hall!

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