John W. Tomlin

John W. Tomlin

John W. Tomlin, age 64, of Arkdale, Wisconsin unexpectedly passed away Monday, July 1, 2024, at his home.

John was born July 1, 1960, in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Byron and Shirley (Schilling) Tomlin. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School. John married Kathy Sweet on December 6, 2014. John was a jack of all trades and found himself in his earlier years working with auto mechanics and tinkering with handyman items. Ultimately, John found a job that he liked working for different security jobs in the Wisconsin Dells area until his time of medical retirement.

John enjoyed life with his wife and their fur kids. He especially enjoyed socializing. They enjoyed hosting get togethers with friends and attending church functions. In addition, they also shared their love for Jesus and studied the bible often. John was often found talking it up with strangers and loved to make jokes wherever he went. He enjoyed being quirky and goofy. He loved being helpful to others. In addition, he always enjoyed gardening and tinkering with electronics. John had a knack for seeing that all things could serve another purpose and liked to salvage items to have on hand for when the need arose. John loved cooking and eating some of his favorite recipes as well as those he decided to create. He enjoyed thrift shopping, rummaging, and finding that perfect item to gift to others. John also loved to read and listen to music.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; parents, Byron & Shirley Tomlin and his grandparents.

Survivors include his sister, Amy (George) Joslun of Winthrop Harbor, IL; brother, Clifford (Susan) Tomlin, of Grand Marsh, WI; niece, Kelley (Jerry) Lecy, of Adams, WI; nephews, Christopher Quinnell of Arkdale, WI; Phil (Darylin) Tomlin of Lyndon Station, WI; Gabe (Kori) Tomlin, of Pleasant Valley, WI; niece Emilie Joslun of Third Lakes, IL, and nephew, Ben (Trish) Joslun of Winthrop Harbor, IL.

The family would like to thank everyone who assisted in keeping John as independent as possible in the community. It truly does take a village. Special thanks to the Adams County ADRC for all of the resources and to the apartment complex neighbors who also provided support and a watchful eye.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences.

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  1. Kurt & Katie Wagner says:

    We knew Shirley, Byron and John years ago.
    John had the sweetest heart that would help anyone.
    My sympathy to his entire family, he will truly be missed!

  2. Kirt lapalme says:

    So sorry for your loss I really like Jon when he lived in adams village apartments in adams may God bless you all very much

  3. Tammy Pieper says:

    My condolences to Gabe, Phil, Kelly, and Chris for the loss of your uncle I meet him and he was such a sweet man and he was so happy when he married Kathy. His memories will live in my heart always. Again my condolences to the entire family.

  4. Doris Gullickson says:

    Deepest sympathy to all of you. John was a very special person in so many ways, he truly had a heart of gold. The smile on his face, which was always there, lit the room up. May your love and memories help you through this most difficult time.

  5. Jennifer Armstrong says:

    Kelly I’m sorry for your loss.

  6. Mary Weichert says:

    I had many lively conversations with John when I was visiting his Mom. John had a way of analyzing an issue or problem and coming to a conclusion that made you think on it for the next couple days! Of course we always talked about the dogs! Thoughts and prayers for John’s family as you deal your loss.

  7. Terry L Moore (Lanke) says:

    My thoughts are with John’s family. Hugs Kelley for all you have done for John and so many others.

  8. Lori Ward says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  9. valerie mecklenburg says:

    heartbreaking for family. always a pleasant & happy person. hugs

  10. Wendy says:

    RIP cousin Johnny. You will be missed.

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