Thomas Kexel (1942 – 2007)

Thomas A. Kexel, age 65, a resident of Racine, died Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Froedert Memorial Hospital.

Thomas was born on February 28, 1942 to Clarence and Catherine (Flock) Kexel in Racine.

He enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.

Thomas married Kathe Lange on November 11, 1971 in Japan.

He worked and lived in Japan for six years. He graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He taught English as a second language at Gateway Technical Institute.

Thomas was actively involved in the Racine Community, including the Racine Unified School Board, OIC, The Racine Literacy Council, United Way, The Racine Library Board, and the Racine Sister Cities Council.

He is survived by his wife Kathe; daughter Kela Kexel; surrogate daughter Camille Clark; son Torin (Alice) Kexel. He is also survived by his mother Catherine Kexel; three sisters Carole Pfaff, Sue (Roger) Hays, and Kathy Kexel; two brothers Ken Kexel, Mike Kexel as well as extended family.

He is preceded in death by his father Clarence; and dear friends Alexis Borbouse and Glen Lovelace.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 5:00PM at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 4:00 PM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated with charities to be designated at a later date.

The family wishes to express special gratitude to those that gave so much of themselves in Tom?s times of need. Thank you to Raylene Vernatat, Phil Little, Mark Kinzelman, Oliver Hayward, Dwayne Olsen, Dick Kinch, Jeff Cummins, The Neighborhood Gang, and many others.

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