Thomas Bukowski, 63

Thomas M. Bukowski, a resident of Sauk Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids with the Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, with full military honors provided by Royalton American Legion Post 137. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the services Monday, April 30, also at the church. Royalton American Legion Post 137 will pray at 6:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Tom was born March 1, 1949, in St. Cloud to Earl and Beatrice (Kedrowski) Bukowski. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Tom married Mary Raymond Nov. 26, 1970, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Tom was a lifelong resident of Sauk Rapids. He was involved with Earl’s Bakery as a baker. Tom worked as an insurance agent, where he owned and operated Royal Insurance Agency in Royalton for 31 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was an usher, Eucharistic minister and lay presider. Tom was also a member of Royalton American Legion Post 137, Sauk Rapids Lions Club, Engine Co. #2, retired member of the Sauk Rapids Fire Department, and Benton County Board of Adjustments and Equalization. Tom was a spiritual, happy and positive person who always wanted to help people. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, going to the casino and spending time with family at the cabin. His grandchildren were a very important part of his life. He enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them about life.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Sauk Rapids; sons, Chad (Donna) of Sauk Rapids and Brent (Lori) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Carter, Hudson, Jack and Brooklyn; brothers and sister, Earl “Butch” (Carol) Bukowski of Sauk Rapids, Katie (Darrell) Grelson of Sauk Rapids and Ken (Kathy) Bukowski of Sauk Rapids; and father-in-law, Sylvester Raymond of Sartell.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Bernadine Raymond; niece, Gina Bukowski; and great nephew, Bryce Bukowski.