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September 30, 2020

8/11/2020 7:29:00 AM
Thomas W. Hewson

Thomas W. Hewson, age 86, of Rhinelander, died on August 5, 2020 at Rennes Health and Rehab. He was the youngest of 4 children, born on Sept. 6, 1933 in Cicero, Ill., to Charles and Anne (Beranek) Hewson.

Tom and his siblings were raised in Burlington and attended Burlington High School in Wisconsin.

In high school, Tom had a love of poetry and drama. His love of music prompted his classmates to make the prediction that he would someday become a disc jockey. However, his greatest desire was to see the world. So, he enlisted in the Navy and became a corpsman and, eventually, Chief Radiologist.

He met the love of his life, Kazuko, when he was introduced to her at a party in Japan. They married and moved to the United States where they lived in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and California before Tom's retirement from the Navy.

After 21 years in the service, where he was deployed once in the Korean conflict, and twice in the Vietnam war, he continued his civilian life as a chief radiologist in southern California.

Retirement took Tom and Kazuko back to Wisconsin where they spent the next 30+ years in 'Rhinelander.

Tom was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also loved to garden and planted a vegetable garden every summer.

Tom was known as a man of great faith and love for the Catholic church. He attended mass daily, taught catechism, and served as a lay Eucharistic Minister. He made thousands of rosaries every year for missionaries to distribute around the world.

Tom is survived by his wife, Kazuko, of 61 years, his daughter Madoka, son Takuya (Chris), four grandchildren, 4 great- grandchildren, as well an abundance of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, funeral services will be streamed on Facebook.

Mass will precede the outdoor funeral service at St. Kunegunda Church in Sugar Camp on Aug. 14, 2020 at 11 a.m.

You may leave your private condolences for the Hewson family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

Dear Kazuko
Please accept my sincere condolences on Tomís death. It was my privilege to have taken medical care of both of you. I truly admired Tomís calm demeanor, and his wonderful humor. His Navy stories were fascinating to me. I hope you find peace in the knowledge that he was respected by lots of folks.
Sincerely, Bruce Kotila, MD

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