WILTON, Iowa — Thomas (Tom) Allen Wenger, 63, of Wilton, passed away Feb. 13, 2017, at the Hospice House of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Cremation Rites have been facilitated by the FCS Life Transition and Cremation Center, located within Muscatine Memorial Park. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home for Funeral and Cremation Services, Muscatine, with Pastor Luke McCoy of Antioch Christian Church, Cedar Rapids, officiating. Private burial will follow at the family plot at the North Hill Cemetery, in Wayland, Iowa, among six generations of relatives. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the funeral home.
Tom was born in Muscatine, to Thomas Dean and Margaret Ann (Wolters) Wenger on Jan. 9, 1954. He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1972, and in 1999 was inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame for accomplishments in swimming. He studied engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Iowa. In 1976, he married his wife of seven years, Julie (Ryan) Walwer of Clinton, and their son, Jason Christopher Wenger, was born in 1979. Tom worked as a millwright for North Star Steel of Wilton for 10 years and Alcoa Bettendorf Works for 24 years.
Tom continued to swim competitively through college and his adult life. He participated in team triathlon events, winning two years running. On Aug. 5, 1988, Tom swam the English Channel, crossing from England to France in 10 hours and 20 minutes. He also competed in trap shooting, achieving the maximum possible handicap of 27 yards. He enjoyed sailing, fishing, competing in iRacing, spectating every form of motorsport, hockey and baseball, and lemon meringue pie.
In retirement, Tom rode his Harley-Davidson to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally several years. He traveled to Belgium and Bahrain, to watch World Endurance Championship auto races, and enjoyed working on a 1976 Plymouth Duster project car. He invested his time loving on his grandchildren and teaching them about hockey and baseball. He also enjoyed spending time with his many wonderful friends.
Tom is survived by his mother, Margaret Wenger of Muscatine; his sister, Karen (Jim) Macon of West Des Moines, Iowa, sister, Susan (Steve) Roelle of Muscatine; his brother, Jeff Wenger of Iowa; his son, Jason (Tori) Wenger; and grandchildren, Donavin, Lauren and Elias Wenger, of Cedar Rapids. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Dean Wenger, granddaughter Amelia Grace Wenger, and beloved cats, Boscoe and Lucille.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University Hospitals, Iowa City, for the care they gave Tom and for giving us so much time with him.
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