RAYMOND THOMPSON “TOM” GUY

The Lord called one of his true servants home this Father’s Day. Raymond Thompson “Tom” Guy passed away quietly early Sunday morning, June 15, 2014, with his wife and sons by his side. He was a resident at the Hospice Home of Hope near Fond du Lac after battling various health issues.

Tom (or R.T. or “Goompa” as he was known to his friends and family) was born in Oostburg, Wis., to Dr. Emmett and Janet (Jones) Guy on April 5, 1930. He graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1948 and then graduated from Carroll College in 1952.

While at Carroll College, he married the love of his life, Laurette Keys of Fond du Lac, on Feb. 14, 1953. After serving his country in the U.S. Army for two years, he and his wife moved to Wausau and then to a small farm outside of Fond du Lac. There he raised their three boys – Gregory Thompson, David Emmett and Thomas John. In 1984, Tom and Laurette moved to their current residence outside of Plymouth.

He spent most of his career as the director of Attendance and Transportation for the Fond du Lac schools until his retirement in 1989. He was also a successful strawberry farmer while living outside Fond du Lac on the Hickory Springs Farm.

An active man with many interests, Tom enjoyed many activities. He participated in many sports and was an avid crosscountry skier and bicyclist. One of his greatest interests was riding long-distance equestrian events for many years in the Upper Midwest. He was also a president of the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Fond du Lac. After his retirement, he volunteered for many different groups in Plymouth. While acting as a substitute teacher and JV Girls’ Soccer coach for Plymouth High School, he was named Grand Marshall for the Homecoming Parade. He rollerbladed the parade route rather than riding in a convertible.

Tom is survived by his wife Laurette, his son Gregory (wife Deborah), and Thomas (wife Cheri); grandchildren Jeremiah (wife Kristi), Timothy (wife Moltu), Rebekah, Christopher and Nicholas Guy; and his great-grandchildren Joshua, Caleb, Sophia and Solomon. He is also survived by his brother Jack and his wife Molly as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces and other members of their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son David.

Tom felt that the Lord had put him here so that he could serve others, so that is how he spent his life. If you had a need, he would do whatever was necessary to fulfill that need. A day would not pass without him thinking of others and putting their needs ahead of his own. He felt his greatest legacy will be the many children and families he helped as an educator, leader and servant of God.

Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at New Hope United Methodist Church, W7795 Center St., Greenbush, with the Rev. Henry Verfuerth and Rev. Thomas White officiating.

Friends may call at the church Friday from 12 noon until the time of service.

According to Tom’s wishes, his body has been donated to The Medical College of Wisconsin for research. Schneider Funeral Home & Life Tributes of Plymouth has been entrusted with the arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of R.T. Guy.

Online condolences may be sent through www.schneiderlifetributes.com.


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