In loving memory of

Thomas "Tom" Kelleher
April 18, 1965 - September 28, 2021

Thomas Alan Kelleher age 56 of Trempealeau, WI was born on Easter Sunday April 18th, 1965 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, WI to Daniel & Bonnie (Ryder) Kelleher. He graduated from GET High School in 1983. On October 3rd, 1987 he married the love of his life, Sandra Louise Johnson. He went on to a 30-year career with the CIA, retired in 2017 and spent his time playing golf, beating family members at cards, watching football, and driving around town playing Pokémon Go.
Tom passed away on September 28th, 2021 after nearly 34 years of marriage. In addition to his wife Sandy, he is survived by his daughter Allison Orrie, her fiancé Dillan Konkel, and his son Mitchell Thomas. Also surviving are his parents, brothers Steve & Tatiana Kelleher and Mike & Sara (Zittlow) Kelleher and their children, his father & mother-in-law Brad & Sharon (Palmer) Johnson, godmother Jane Hawes, as well as many brothers- & sisters-in-law and multiple nieces & nephews. Tom was preceded in death by grandparents Bob & Orrie (Veto) Ryder and Merle & Evelyn (Mack) Kelleher and his cousin Bill Ryder.
Visitation will be Friday, October 1st from 4-8pm at St. Bartholomew's Parish in Trempealeau, WI. At St. Bart's on Saturday, October 2nd, there will be a short visitation from 10-11am followed by a service at 11am. There will be a luncheon reception after the service. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Tom and sign his online guestbook at


Steve Kiedrowski wrote on Oct 8, 2021:

"So sorry for the loss of you son, Tom. My prayers are with you Bonnie & Dan & your family. RIP"

Jeff Lehmann wrote on Oct 3, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss Dan and Bonnie. My sincere condolences. "

Rich Tomasso wrote on Oct 2, 2021:

"Sandy, my sincere condolences. Having served with Tom early in his career his demeanor, professional and interpersonnel skills were nothing short of outstaning. Here\' s wishin\' you the best my friend in your onward assignment."

Scott & Lisa Len wrote on Oct 2, 2021:

"I knew Tom for a long time but it wasn?t until Frankfurt that I had a chance to work with him directly. As Rory said we had a hell of a team that not only worked well together, but spent our free time together as well?..recounting stories of our recent trips and trading a lot of banter over a beer as good friends do. Tom had a wry sense of humor and much to my dismay often got the better of us in the end. At work he was a consummate professional - well respected up and down the chain for his knowledge, professionalism, and fairness he shared with everyone. To Sandy, Alli & Mitch?..please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Tom was a good man who will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Scott & Lisa Len"

George Wilson wrote on Oct 2, 2021:

"Completely stunned to read this today, Tom and I started off at the Agency in the same class and had some great times. I retired in 14 leaving Tom as the last member of 3/87 and was one of the last people I saw on my last working day. Rip Tom sorely missed brother. "

Tom Fuchs wrote on Oct 2, 2021:

"Bonnie & Dan, my condolences. Tom will rest in eternal peace, as we all believe."

Rory and Lynette Snell wrote on Oct 2, 2021:

"My wife Lynette and I are still so stunned by the news of the untimely passing of a good friend and colleague at such a young age. Tom and I served together in Frankfurt and, along with our two other colleagues (three if you count Craig, which I do), we made a great team in serving our officers throughout Europe. I always valued Tom?s experience and input when I had procedural questions or needed guidance on personnel matters. Our collective work banter, moments of levity that often resulted in tears of laughter, was the stuff of legend! Outside of the work environment, Tom and Sandy were always so much fun to be around?dinners at Felbee?s or the chicken shack, taking on the 3 liter challenge, get together?s during the holidays?so many great memories. In his generosity, Tom presented me with a beautiful German stein as a retirement gift that I have always treasured and it remains prominently displayed in my man cave. Tom was a gentle giant with a heart to match?the void left by his passing will remain just that. Lynette and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to his devoted wife, Sandy, their children and their extended family during these darkest of days. Tom will be so terribly missed."

Patty Dayton wrote on Oct 1, 2021:

"We send our deepest sympathy to Bonnie, Dan, and all of Tom\'s family and friends. We are so very sorry for your loss. Patty and Ralph Dayton "

Caitlin Osborn (Anderson) wrote on Oct 1, 2021:

"It?s hard to write this. Tom was always nice and caring. I don?t think I ever saw Tom angry. I will always remember our trip out to DC with my family. Staying at Tom and Sandy?s house in Virginia. When Sandy and Tom came back to live in Trempealeau, our family had so many good get togethers. We did family Olympics where our prizes were bottles of alcohol. Movie nights at the house were always fun and I was sooo jealous of Tom?s collection of movies. Tom was a great father to Mitch and Alli. He would drop anything that he was doing in order to help them out with anything. It breaks my heart that his daughter will not have her dad on her wedding day. Since Alli and I are close, we used to talk about our father daughter dances. We use to talk how we are daddy?s girls. The love he had for my aunt Sandy is something I hope to achieve in my own marriage life. I never saw them not happy with each other. Tom will be so missed by my family. We will miss everyday. Rest In Peace my beautiful uncle. "

Jane Lee Chaffee wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"My deepest sympathies to you Bonnie & Dan at your loss of Tom. So sad to hear this and can?t comprehend your loss. ? Prayers to you and your family. ??"

Paul and Cindy Anderson wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"I still can\'t believe I\'m actually writing this and how painful it all is. Tom you will be missed more than you will ever know. You were a quiet soul and very kind to everyone you came in contact with. Just reading some of the tributes is testament to how much you will be missed. You were taken from us way to early and it breaks our hearts not to have you with us. You always had a smile on your face and were a good husband/father/ friend/uncle /brother in law and son in law to mom and dad. Just know Sandy/Mitch and Allie will always have a loving family to surround them when they need us most We know how much they loved you and will miss you. My sister\'s love for you and your love for each other is an example of what a beautiful loving marriage is. I know Sandy will find it hard to not have you there. We know you will be watching over us and her until we see you again. Rest in Peace my dear brother in law. Our love always ."

Greg Stellflue wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"I am so sad to hear this news. Tom and I shared a lot of good times during high school. I remember senior year at homecoming Tom wrecked his knee, unfortunately neither of us were on the football team. He did however make it on his crutches with us to dinner and the dance the next day. He was never one to miss out on good times. I wish I could post a picture of those times but that was way before our lives were captured in selfies. Rest in peace Tom, you left us way too young. Prayers to Tom\'s family that they are able to find some measure of peace in this terrible time of loss."

Jackie Ruley wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"We are deeply saddened by the news of Tom?s passing. We met Tom and Sandy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Our families spent many evenings and weekends together. He was one of the most gentle souls I have ever known. May he Rest In Peace and fly with the angels. "

Rose & Devin Haskell wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"Tom is not just a friend, He is part of our family. We spent a lot of nights laughing and having a great time together that we will never forget. Tom is a loving husband, caring father and a kind person that everyone that knew him, loved him. You will definitely be missed. Rest in peace Tom. Till we meet again. "

Chris Jones wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"Our family shares it?s love and fond memories of Tom upon hearing the sad news of his passing. I had the honor of serving overseas with him. From the day I arrived, Tom was generous and patient with helping me acclimate - from helping me navigate a new environment to providing expert advice that was always grounded by his positivity and humility. Tom and Sandy together were among the most fun people you could spend an evening or a weekend with, whether it was dinners, games, community gatherings, or special occasions - their inclusivity and warmth put any newcomer at ease. Tom leaves an enduring legacy as a role model for his leadership and camaraderie."

Craig Edmonston wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"Please accept my family\'s sincerest condolences. Tom and I worked together on a couple of occasions overseas. He was a great patriot, colleague, friend and an exemplary human being. I will never forget the numerous football discussions we had in the office. I am originally from Illinois, so our sport allegiances were extreme. I would bait him with unsubstantiated claims on how great my teams were and how bad we would beat those \"cheese head\" teams in upcoming games. Tom would simply smile or laugh, but never missed an opportunity to shoot me an email immediately after the game to rub in his teams victory. Rest in Peace my friend you will be missed. "