Thomas W. Belton, 85, of Brookfield, Wisconsin

Published 2:38pm Friday, October 18, 2013

Sept. 7, 1928 — Oct. 15, 2013

An exceptionally good man, Thomas W. Belton, of Brookfield, Wisc., was taken from us on Oct. 15, 2013.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1928 in St. Joseph, Mich., to Darrell and Grace (Cauffman) Belton.  Tom served in the Army in Japan after high school and then attended Michigan State University.  He received a B.S. degree with a major in Business and Public Service.  He chose a career he loved as Park and Recreation Director serving in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. Tom was an outstanding tennis player in college winning Big Ten Conference titles.  He also played on the All Army Tennis Team.  Tom continues winning tournaments in many states and many age divisions. Tom was very athletic, enjoying swimming, walking, and biking with friends.  He loved nature.  Tom was instrumental as Park and Recreation Director in Brookfield in improving and developing many marvelous parks.  He was also instrumental in purchasing the land for Foxbrook Park.

Tom loved his family, his God and tried to live accordingly.  He was a member and usher at St. Luke Catholic Church, he served for many years as President of St. Vincent de Paul and worked in their soup kitchen, delivered groceries to the food pantry and to the end, loved greeting and visiting with everyone.

Tom is survived by his dear wife, Janet (Beck/ Peters); son James (Michelle); daughter Debra (Duff) Stump; grandchildren Jonathan, Corey and Abigail and step-son Steven Peters.  Tom is further survived by his sisters Kay (the late Richard) Hadley and Rosemary (the late Jimmie) Jimearson, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation Saturday, Oct. 19 at St. Luck Catholic Church, 18000 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, from 9:30-10:45 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

There is no one quite like Tom.

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