In Memory

Thomas J. Betchkal

Thomas John Betchkal

Feb 2, 1944 – Dec 2, 2019

RACINE – Mr. Thomas J. Betchkal, 75, passed away at his residence on Monday, December 2, 2019.






A lifelong resident of Racine, he was born on February 2, 1944, the son of the late Leonard and Catherine (nee: Farley) Betchkal.  He graduated from St. Catherine High School.  On January 22, 1966 he married Ann Marie Kraus at St. Edward Catholic Church.

Tom retired from JI Case in 1993 after over 30 years of service.   He enjoyed fly fishing, reading and his time in his vegetable garden. He liked sharing his tomatoes, onions and beans with his neighbors and guys at the firehouse.  He would go out of his way to help people.   Above all, he loved the time spent with his family.  A truly honest man, Tom will be dearly missed by those that knew and loved him.

In addition to his loving wife, Ann of Racine, Tom is survived by his son, Peter (Marjory) Betchkal; his granddaughters, Megan and Morgan all of Sheboygan; his sister, Ann (Don) Conwell of Racine; his brother, Bill Betchkal of Burlington; his sister-in-law, Margaret (Dennis) Diem of Hayward; as well as many dear nieces and nephews.   He was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul (Beverly) Betchkal.

Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Lucy Catholic Church (3101 Drexel Ave) on Monday, December 9, 2019 for a visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   The celebration of Tom’s life and funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m.  His interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia