Thomas L. Wittry, age 57, of Dorchester, Iowa

Thomas L. Wittry, age 57, of Dorchester, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

A Celebration of Life Gathering was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at The Courtyard, 421 W. Water Street in Decorah.

Thomas Lee Wittry was born October 9, 1961 in Cottonwood, Minn., the son of Leonard and Margaret (Vianne) Wittry. He graduated from Cottonwood High School with the class of 1980.

Tom was united in marriage to Julie Malherek on May 28, 1983 in Fairmont, Minn. They were blessed with two daughters, Molly and Anna.

Tom started working as a Lineman for Norman’s Electric Service of Rushford in 1980, then for Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Rushford in 1983, which merged and is now known as MiEnergy Cooperative.

Together, Tom and Julie shared a love of dogs. They supported each other in their training and encouraged each other to reach their competition goals. To describe Tom as an avid hunter and outdoorsmen would be an understatement. To his hunting buddies, he will be remembered as “Captain Tom;” he loved them like brothers.

Tom was known for his quick wit, storytelling abilities, uniquely Tom sayings, and easy smile. He would be proud to know that these qualities are living on through his grandchildren. A friend recently said it best: Tom Wittry has left a hole that only he could fill. He was a best friend, a husband, a father, and a grandfather, whose love knew no boundaries or limits. Tom was a man who always put his family first. To know him was to love him. He will forever be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Margaret Wittry.

Tom is survived by his wife Julie; two daughters and four grandchildren: Molly (Germán) Ortiz, Eva, Lucia and Alexander of Germany and Anna (Blake) Boyer, and Brea, of Kansas City, Mo.; and four sisters: Shirley (Tom) Senden of Mankato, Minn., Mary (Bruce) Murray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Carol Westscott of Tucson, Ariz. and Darlene (Bernie) Riley of Chaska, Minn. Tom will also be dearly missed by his labrador, Jaxon. They shared a very special bond and spent countless hours hunting and competing in Hunt Tests.

The family would like to thank everyone at MiEnergy Cooperative for the continued support. They are an amazing group of people and have been like family.

A special thank you to neighbors, friends and family for all they have done during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Fallen Lineman Foundation, as a way to honor Tom’s 36 years as a lineman. Visit, or mail to Fallen Lineman Foundation, P.O. Box 634, Cary, NC 27512.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at