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Obituary: Thomas P. (Tommy, Big Daddy) Mangin

Thomas P. (Tommy, Big Daddy) Mangin passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2022 and was welcomed into heaven by his father George Sr., brother, John, in-laws Bob and Elaine Haas and dog, Hope.

Tom was born on December 15, 1965 to the late George and Lillian (Kratz) Mangin. He attended Valders High School and graduated in 1984. After graduating, Tom went to work at Bay Shipbuilding and eventually Manitowoc Cranes. Tom enjoyed and was proud the work he did at Cranes, and he made many friends working there, including good friend, Dave "Rusty" Rusboldt. Tom worked at Cranes for 31 years until the company moved operations to Pennsylvania in 2017. After that he worked various places, most recently at Tisler Trucking and Excavating.

Tom liked to joke that there wasn't a man alive in Manitowoc County that didn't know Tommy Mangin, it certainly seems like this was true. Whether he was at a horse pull, getting chicken from KBB or DeGreefs or stopping for a cold one at the Iron Buffalo or Ashley's Squirrel Cage, he always managed to run into somebody he knew. Tom was a volunteer Fire fighter for Menchalville Fire department for the last 22 years, he was very dedicated, involved and enjoyed the friendships he made within the department. He also loved spending time with his precious grandchildren, Braeden and Brynlee, bringing them donuts or other treats on Saturday and Sunday mornings, watching cartoons with them, reading to them, tickling and playing with them, they were the true loves of his life.

Tom is survived by his loving children; Ashley (Bob Wisniewski) of Brillion and Benjaman (Brianna Mattson) of Forest Junction, his greatest joys, his grandchildren Braeden Thomas and Brynlee, one granddog, Remi, the mother of his children, Kim Mangin (Mike Milkey), his mother, Lillian Mangin (Allen Schmahl), sisters, Janell (Tom) Schad, Marlene Mangin, Lori (Gene) Bauknecht, and brothers George (Nancy) Mangin Jr., and Charlie "Scrap Iron" Mangin; sisters-in-law Judy Haas, Tammy (Joe) Denor, Amy Haas and brother-in-law Brian (Gail) Haas, many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive.

Tom was proceeded in death by his father, George Mangin Sr., his brother, John "Beaver" Mangin, his grandparents Paul and Margaret Mangin and Fred and Lena Kratz, and father and mother-in-law Bob and Elaine Haas.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Reinbold and Pfeffer Family Funeral Home, 1124 Main Street, Kellnersville. Rev. David Pleier will officiate. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 4:00 PM. A private burial will take place at St. Patrick Cemetery in Maple Grove at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Menchalville Fire Department.

To our dad: we will forever wish that we had more time with you, until we meet again, we will cherish the wonderful memories you've left us. Love always, Ashley and Ben.


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