Thomas Mockert Jr, 81, of Sheboygan, passed away after complications from Parkinson’s Disease, on March 1, 2021, at Sheboygan Senior Community.
Thomas was born on April 16, 1939, to Thomas and Emma (Bertsch) Mockert in Sheboygan. He graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan in 1957. On June 8, 1963, Thomas married Eileen Schneider in Howards Grove. Thomas graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his bachelor’s degree and later with his M.D. He served an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and later his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After completing his residency, Thomas served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1968-1970. After serving his country in the Air Force, Thomas, Eileen, and their family moved back to Sheboygan to begin his medical practice in Internal Medicine. He practiced as an Internist until his retirement in 1994.
Thomas was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. One of his favorite things to do was to get his entire family together. He was a very focused man, whether he was working or playing. He also loved fly fishing, fly-tying, and travelling in the pursuit of trout. He went to the YMCA every weekday, where he developed many close friendships while he was exercising or just chatting. He also enjoyed the fellowship of his bible class every Friday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church, where he and Eileen were members since 1970.
Education was very important to Thomas. He was very dedicated to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a lifelong Badger fan. He was a member of the first board of directors of Sheboygan Lutheran High School and supported the school in many ways throughout his life. He took great pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s education, always encouraging them to work hard and succeed.
Thomas will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 57 years, Eileen; children, Laura Herrmann, Michael (Amy) Mockert, David (Susan) Mockert, Sara (Scott) Heberlein, and Dana (Jeremy) Baalke; grandchildren, Erika and Katie Herrmann; Maya, William, and Olivia Mockert; Sam, Mollie, and Julia Mockert; Sidney and Luke Heberlein; and Trey and Bryn Baalke; sister, Dorothy Kohls; sister-in-law, Joan (Warren) Wunsch; and many other relatives and friends.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Emma; brother-in-law, Carl Kohls; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Norma (Oetling) Schneider.
There will be a private interment prior to his memorial service. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 3:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. The service will be livestreamed from Thomas’ obituary page on www.ballhornchapels.com. A public visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the service at the church. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, including the wearing of face masks and social distancing.
Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, Sheboygan Lutheran High School, or the Salvation Army.
Please visit www.ballhornchapels.com to leave a message of sympathy for the family.
The family would like to thank the staff of Sheboygan Senior Community who lovingly cared for him over the last 14 months.