Obituary: Thomas “Tom” L. Downs, 62, of Waukesha

Thomas “Tom” L. Downs

May 12, 1962 — June 7, 2024


Thomas “Tom” L. Downs of Waukesha passed away surrounded by his family at home on Friday, June 7, 2024 at age 62. He was born in Fort Atkinson, WI on May 12, 1962, the son of LaVerne and Carole (nee Scherer) Downs. Tom earned his degree in human services and was very involved with many organizations including Fishing Has no Boundaries, Muscular Dystrophy Association and With a Little Help…, Inc. He was an avid sports and music fan, enjoyed fishing, loved to travel and was a DJ for many Whitewater area functions. 

He will be sadly and forever missed by his dedicated partner, Cheryl Lee and their son, Joshua Downs (Nicole Heafner), his mother Carole Downs; sisters, Pam Brotzman, Shelly Picknell (Jim Frodl), nieces, Danielia Brotzman Frenzel (Jamie), Ronni Ariel Picknell Scott (Kendall Scott). Sarah Downs (Michael Sersich), nephews Lyle Downs and Brandon Downs (Liz), great nephew Talon Frenzel, great nieces Jay Downs, Alexa Downs, McKenzie Frenzel, Adelynn Downs and Emma Downs. Tom will also be remembered forever by the entire Lee family.   He was preceded in death by his father LaVerne. 

Visitation will be Friday, June 14, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., followed by the funeral Mass at 12 noon all to be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Tom’s family would like to give a special thank you to his special nursing staff who has loved, cared and supported him. All of you have become family over the years and Tom truly loved you all and enjoyed your time together. We are forever grateful. 

Tom would encourage everyone to consider organ donation.  More information can be found at

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