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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas Victor "Tom" Piwetz

September 21, 1947July 2, 2015
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Thomas Victor “Tom” Piwetz, 67 of Meyersville died at home on July 2, 2015. He was born September 21, 1947 in Refugio, TX to Jerry and Charles Piwetz. Tom served his country in the US Army Air Defense Artillery Branch with rank of Captain being stationed in Germany. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University Class of 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Sciences. Following his military service to his country, he worked for the National Park Service; was an entrepreneur, starting two businesses; Tom’s Taxidermy and South Texas Fur Dressers, of Victoria, where he had retired. Tom was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, traveling the world. Other interests included photography, wildlife management, reading extensively about Texas history and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. Tom is loved and remembered by his wife of thirty-four years, Wilma Timme Piwetz; children, Erin Elise Piwetz Pothoff and husband, Chris, Nancy Lynn Piwetz Nilson and husband, Andy, Sarah Katherine Piwetz, Robert Keith Piwetz; sister, Marsha Piwetz Ward; grandchildren, Trinity Jordan Thomas, Jayden Marie Pothoff, Ethan Andrew Pothoff and Jack Preston Piwetz. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 from 5-9 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Funeral services will be 10 AM, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Nagel Road, Victoria, TX with military flag folding honors under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council. Pallbearers will be Bill Granberry, Chris Pothoff, Scott Smart, Tres Franklin, Will Granberry and Andy Nilson. Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow classmates of Texas A & M University Outfit B-2 Class of 1969, Wednesday lunch group and Tom’s cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Meyersville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O Box 3, Meyersville, TX 77974. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 6, 2015
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Thomas Victor "Tom" Piwetz

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Becky Pena

July 7, 2015

Wilma and family,
I am so very, very sorry to hear about Tom's death. I just now found out, as I don't get the Advocate......Please know that my heart aches for you as you go through this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and always. He was such a wonderfully good man, and loved by so many. He will be missed so much. I do know that Rudy is there for his buddy.....and they will take care of one another........ Becky P. and family

Danielle Warzecha

July 7, 2015

Wilma my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I remember when the two of you got married, glad you two had so many wonderful years together. May God Bless all of you...

Danielle Piwetz

July 7, 2015

To a great family, RIP Tommy, you will be missed by so many.

Barbara Gillig-Yanta

July 6, 2015

Wilma and family - My sincerest sympathies to you - he will be truly missed!
A great talent has been taken from all of us. God bless you all,

James Thurmond

July 5, 2015

Tommy was truly a rugged individual. Anyone who knew him, understands that there was no peer pressure that affected him. He was his own man.
I knew him from the 5th grade on through high school at Refugio High School and then on to Texas A&M. He and I were tent mates at the 1960 Boy Scout jamboree in Colorado Springs. He was 6' tall in the 8th grade and I was less than 5' tall. We were a strange combination a la Mutt and Jeff. I remember his parents taking us to Taft for a jamboree meeting in their 1951 Chevrolet. Tommy and I were wrestling around in the back seat, if you can imagine that, and his Dad, Charlie, got on us for making so much racket and shaking the car.
•His earned the nickname Trapper in high school, because he ran his varmint traps before school and once after he removed a skunk from a trap, he came to class smelling like a skunk.
•Once in high school, when we had a guest speaker from the USSR in what was supposed to be a high level presentation about Russian life, Tommy asked the speaker if all Russians worn those big black boots seen on the Ed Sullivan Show's Russian dancing troupes. The entire study body roared, but I don't think that the faculty or principal was too happy with the question. By the way, Tommy frequently wore big black motorcycle type boots to school probably for trapping and hunting purposes.
•He developed his taxidermy skills while in high school via a correspondence mail course. His mother's freezer was full of dead animals for his taxidermy hobby. To hone his skills he stuffed small animals and gave them to his buddies to display on the dashboard of their cars. Winsor ('65) had a rabbit head and I had a Cardinal.
•At A&M he was in the Corp and I was not, but we still maintained contact. He was probably the only Aggie ever who kept rattlesnakes in his dormitory room for a class experiment. He milked the snakes daily. He kept the room dark and slept in another room. When you entered the room and turned on the lights, the snakes started their rattling in cages all around the room. I doubt that he had problems with students sneaking into his room. There is more to this story ask me about it sometime.
•Once when Tommy was flying across country with a bundle of his furs, the flight attendants told him that the bundle was too large for a carry-on and he would have to check it. Since it was his prized processed furs, he didn't want to check the bundle, so he took the bundle, placed it in the cubicle for determining luggage size suitable for carry-ons, and pounded the bundle into the cubicle with his foot. Needless to say, he carried on the bundle.
•Once when Tommy was in the Army, home on leave, and flying military standby, he was his typical frontiersman-self with beard and long hair. A higher ranking officer jumped on him for being so unmilitary you're an officer in the US Army, you can't groom yourself like that. Yes, that was Tommy.
Tommy was a great guy to know and to grow up with. I miss him, and I know that his family and community miss him, but I imagine that he is running his traps in a much better place now.

Brent Branham

July 5, 2015

Wilma so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He and you were good friends. I will miss him greatly. So glad y'all stopped by and Susan got to meet y'all. Wish I could come down for the service.
Love y'all
Brent and Susan Branham

Larry Norton

July 5, 2015

Farewell to a fellow Aggie classmate (from A-2). We shared dorms and many memories and I was saddened to hear of your passing. Your memory will be a blessing to your family and all that knew you.

Carolyn Siems

July 5, 2015

Wonderful memories of our growing up years and our Adult years. You will be missed by all.

Lois Randall

July 5, 2015

Tommy was a childhood friend and back door neighbor, I have many fun memories as
children, and remained friends throughout our adult life. I will miss him.

Martin L. Popelka

July 5, 2015

Great memories of Tom and classes in wildlife and especially the lab tests. Sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy. Martin L. Popelka '69

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