Thomas Bella

Date of Death: Aug 06, 2020
Thomas Bella

1932 - 2020

Loving Husband, Father, Servant of God, and Patriot, Thomas F. Bella, 87, of Waupun, passed away unexpectedly August 6, 2020 at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Thomas was born in Berlin on December 9, 1932 to George and Theresa Seaman Bella. He graduated from Berlin High School. From 1953 – 1957 Thomas served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Thomas proudly was among the veterans that participated in the Honor Flight of Wisconsin for Korean veterans. After his time in the service, Thomas returned to the States and became a police officer with the Berlin Police Department. He married Gloria June Buetow on November 22, 1953 and the couple moved to Waupun where he then worked as a correctional officer and armory officer at the Waupun Correctional Institution until his retirement. Thomas loved trap shooting and was an avid hunter with family and friends. He was a dedicated member of Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun.

Thomas is survived by Gloria, his wife of 62 years along with his two daughters, Dawn (James) Neevel and Dr. Deborah (Edward) Scuglik. He is survived by three grandchildren, Melissa Neevel (Joe Piekarski), Dustin (Courtney) Neevel, and Jennifer Scuglik (fiance Doug); and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, Richard Bella and Barbara Cluppert.


Private family services will be held.



  1. DALE HEERINGA Says: August 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Tom was a great man. I enjoyed talking and arguing with him. Will be missed around the community and at the trap range in Beaver Dam.

  2. Randy & Carol Cluppert Says: August 13, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Our sympathies go out to the whole family. I’m sure he will be missed by everyone.

  3. Dick Steinbach Says: August 13, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I enjoyed Tom for a number of years spending many times driving here and there for Homans. We had many interesting conversations. He will be missed.

  4. Jeffrey & Laurie Quackenboss Says: August 13, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Sending condolences, to our aunt and cousins and their families, on the death of Uncle Tom. Prayers to you all.

  5. Sue Moldenhauer VandeBerg Says: August 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Sending condolences and hugs. Never a dull moment with Tom. He loved a spirited conversation. Sending love and prayers of comfort. Sue & Paul.

  6. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing Gloria. Bob also passed the 17th from the COVID. I had it also but survived. Will stop and see you, if you wish, after things settle down. It is so hard but we will survive! Lois Bentley

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