NIAGARA, Wis. – Thomas Alan Plante Jr., 74, of Niagara, Wis. died Monday, July 11, 2022 at Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson in Iron Mountain.
Tom was born on July 4, 1948 in Tokyo, Japan, the son of the late Thomas and Verna (Fitzgibbon) Plante. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1966 and has resided in the area his entire life. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Tom married Lorie Larson on January 27, 1976 in Quinnesec. He worked for We Energies (formerly Wisconsin Electric Power Co.) for 41 years, retiring as a hydroelectric operations supervisor in 2008.
After retirement, he started a consulting business, TAP Hydro Consulting Inc., of which he was owner and president, retiring in 2018. He was a member of the American Legion and was involved in the charitable honor society 40 and 8 American war veterans. , Board Member of the National Water Safety Congress and Treasurer/Board Member of the Midwest Hydro Users Group.
Tom was community-minded and a member of the Niagara Lions Club. He loved golf and served as Chairman of the Board of Oak Crest Golf Course. Tom also loved music and was a founding member of the Sage Band where he sang and played guitar. In addition to golf and music, Tom enjoyed playing basketball for many years in the city league, taking trips to the casino and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lorie; two daughters, Michelle (Steve) Coron of Iron Mountain and Megan Plante (William Cleereman) of Kingsford; and he was a loving grandfather and “Tickling Monster” to Christopher Carollo, Brianna Olson, Aidan Richtig, Kyla Olson, Alizabeth Richtig and Hailey Coron. He is also survived by two brothers, Mike (Mary) Plante and Dave (Deb) Plante; two sisters, Cindy Sebaly and Mary Munson; one brother-in-law, John (Beth) Larson; one sister-in-law, Lynn Larson (John); Michelle’s mother, Tom’s daughter, Linda Rogers; and his sister, Miranda (Dan) Repp; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a daughter, Mindi Richtig; and two sisters-in-law, Robyn Bellmore and Cathy Larson.
There will be a celebration of Tom’s life on Saturday, July 16 from 3-6 p.m. at the Oak Crest Golf Course Clubhouse in Norway. It will begin with a brief prayer service at 3 p.m. Private family interment will be in Quinnesec Cemetery. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will perform military honors at the cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to Tom Plante’s family online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.