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In Memory of Thomas "Tom" Redner


4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI

Thomas H. Redner, age 76, of Hudson, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

Tom was born May 1, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI, to Orris and Beulah (Borsack) Redner. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School and earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Ripon College. Tom was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart and neighbor across the street, Mary Higby, on June 27, 1964. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Leanne and Robert. Tom proudly served his country in the Army and was Honorably Discharged as a Captain. He worked for 3M for over 31 years, retiring in 2001 as a manager in their medical division.

Tom was an active member of the Hudson community. He served for many years on the Hudson City Council, the Police and Fire Commission, and was mayor of Hudson for four years. He served for 13 years as an EMT with St. Croix EMS, and was a member of the Willow River Cemetery Board. Tom was fond of trains and model railroading. He enjoyed building large train layouts filled with intricately assembled and hand painted buildings and scenery. Tom was delighted to help his grandchildren operate his trains. He was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan, an enthusiastic reader of Civil War history, and an avid deer hunter and fisherman. Tom was also a gifted woodworker who built large furniture pieces and many other beautiful items for family.

Tom will remain in the hearts of his wife of 53 years, Mary; daughter, Leanne (John) Van Allen; daughter-in-law, Leslie Redner; grandchildren, Morgan and Lily Van Allen, Danny and Abby Redner; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert “Bob” Redner; his parents; and brother, Jerry Redner.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a short prayer at 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. Private interment will take place at Willow River Cemetery of Hudson.  Memorials are preferred to the River Falls Area Hospital Foundation Cancer Program or Willow River Cemetery.

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    • Tom was Mayor when I first started working for the City of Hudson. Tom was also supportive of the Clerk’s office and had the welfare of the City at heart. It was my pleasure to have known Tom not only as Mayor but as a role model. Rest in peace Tom. It was a privilege to have known Tom during my lifetime.

    • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Leanne’ s Dad. Leanne, John a d family you are in our hearts and prayers. Sally and Lance Hermann

    • We are glad we got to know and spend time with Tom. He was a pleasure to be around and will be missed. You could always count on him for a laugh when we visited. A personal memory of mine, Tom would make our trips to the gun range a great experience with several calibers and configurations to choose from. He loved to sling some lead down range. I am sad that we will not be able to make the services. You are all in our hearts and we are sending virtual hugs.
      Love Joe, Kris, Eric, Alex, Grace and Damian.

    • I am so sorry for you loss and pray the happy memories soon override the sad ones! Tom was a wonderful man and I am glad I got to know him! I will miss hearing his voice in our calls! Love always, cousin Dawn