Thomas E. Fagerland

Thomas E. Fagerland, age 78 of Mondovi, died peacefully Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with his family by his side.
Tom was born on August 19, 1941 in Eau Claire. He was the son of Harley and Marie (Staub) Fagerland. Tom grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School. After high school, Tom attended UW-Madison and was then recruited by Coast to Coast to setup stores throughout the Midwest. Tom married Judy Biesterveld on December 5, 1964 in Durand. After marriage, they lived in the Durand area where they raised their family. Tom worked at Durand Builders in Durand for many years. Tom and Judy bought the Durand Café, it was their version of “Cheer’s”, sharing friends, stories and good times. In retirement, Tom enjoyed spending time on the farm where he tended to his chickens, worm farm and vegetable garden. One of Tom's favorite places in this world is his Maple Camp, a cozy cabin he built in the woods. It was the scene of many family memories of deer hunting, sitting around campfires, bird watching and quiet afternoons snoozing on the front porch.
Tom was a jack-of-all-trades and the master of practically all of them: star basketball player, expert fisherman, carpenter, farmer, storyteller, restauranteur, poultry farmer and hardware store scion. His laugh was infectious; it was especially raucous after he spun one of his many humorous yarns. He could tell a joke or make clever and funny repartees with the best of them. Tom’s pride in his children and grandchildren was unbridled and rightfully so.
Tom is survived by his children; Kipper of Durand, Elizabeth of Mondovi, Tonja (Bob) Binkowski of Plum City, and Kyle (Julia) of Mondovi, his eight grandchildren: Harley, Savannah (Fiancé Trevor Baier) and Tess Fagerland, Bailey (Special Friend Derek Dusek) Fagerland, Joe, Dalton and Dillon Binkowski, Christopher Clements, his two great grandchildren: Aria Binkowski and Keegan Fagerland, one brother; John (Jo Ann) Fagerland of Somerset, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Judy and great grandson; Noah Fagerland.
A Celebration of Life will be 4:00PM-8:00PM Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Mondovi at a later date.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.
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