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John “JT” Thomas Peschl
A memorial graveside service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, which would have been his 85th birthday, at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall.
Visitation will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tyndall Fire Hall. Tom's fellow firemen will lead the funeral procession to the cemetery.
John "JT" Thomas Peschl was born Tuesday, September 15, 1936 to Frank and Kathryn (Brennan) Peschl in Yankton, SD. At a young age the family moved to Tyndall where Tom attended school, graduating in 1954 from Tyndall High School.
From the age of nine, Tom was part of his parent's meat market. Tom bought the business when Frank retired, operating Peschl's Market & Locker until his retirement and sale of the business to his son Michael, the third generation.
Tom married Ginger Selan October 14, 1980 at Chamberlain, SD. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Golf was Tom's passion. He started as a caddy when he was a young boy and could not afford to golf. He is the last of the founding investors, who purchased the golf course from a private individual, which is now known as Bon Homme Country Club. Throughout the years he volunteered his time and talent in course maintenance and improvements, including service as a board member, earning him a lifetime membership.
Tom was a lifelong member of St. Leo Catholic Church where he served as an altar boy, Eucharistic minister, Knights of Columbus member and sang in the church choir. He served in the National Guard and R.O.T.C. He was proud to be a 25 year member of the Tyndall Volunteer Fire Department. He was an Elks member for 54 years and served as a trustee. He had a tender heart and rescued stray cats and dogs. Tom had a knack for fixing almost anything.
Tom was very proud of his Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland twice to see the country. He and his wife made several memorable trips to Europe touring Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and several other countries.
Tom was a very loyal Green Bay Packer fan. He often drove out of town to watch Sunday games, when they were not broadcast on a local station. He dressed in green and gold, although he drew the line at wearing a cheesehead.
Food was an important part of the Peschl household and Tom was a great cook. He was able to recreate a dish simply by taste, very seldom using a recipe.
Tom died at the age of 84, Thursday, October 22, 2020, exactly where he wanted to be, at home surrounded by family.
Survivors include his wife Ginger; four children, Michael (Barb) Peschl, Karen (Robert) Schmidt, Pamela (Rick) Novak and Kimberly (William) Wenzel; four grandchildren; sisters Kay (Tom) Hayden and Theresa (Dennis Johnson) Rokusek and step-mother Norma Peschl.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Kathryn, sister Michaelene Peschl and step-son Shawn Owen.
Memorials were donated to the Humane Society.
Peschl Girls and Ginger, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Tom. I have such amazing memories of him being my handyman when I lived in Sutton Apartments (2008-2011) in Yankton. We were instant buddies. Love to all.
Amy S. Petrik Oct 29 2020 7:44 PM
Ginger, our prayers are with you. We are so sorry to hear about Tom. Let God carry you through this difficult time, this is one of those times when there is only one set of footprints in the sand. Love you!
Bob and Gwen Bulla Oct 28 2020 10:50 PM
Sorry to hear about Tom. I loved playing golf with him and he will be sorely missed!
Jim Scoblic Oct 27 2020 10:02 AM
Prayers to Mike, Karen, Pam and Kim and families during this time. Treasure your memories.
Bruce and Sharon Marie Dvoracek and Family Oct 26 2020 5:41 PM
Our Sincere Sympathy to Toms family, may the Lord comfort you.
Terry and Lisa Balvin Oct 26 2020 5:09 PM
Ginger, Karen and family - My deepest sympathies to you at this time of sorrow. Hang on and cherish the memories you are left with. Thoughts and prayers to you in the upcoming days.
Erin Odens Oct 26 2020 3:21 PM
Sorry for your loss. I am sure Tom will be greatly missed. God Bless
Bernie Balvin Oct 26 2020 4:54 AM
My prayers going to the family. Sorry for your loss.
Lisa Gorman Oct 26 2020 12:46 AM
Thoughts and prayers are with your family. You will be missed
Daryl Witt Oct 25 2020 11:08 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Tom will be missed, but always treasure your wonderful memories with him.
Christi Schmidt Oct 25 2020 9:35 PM