Thomas Poberezny

October 3, 1946 - July 25, 2022
Krause Funeral Home Brookfield
21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072
Thursday 8/4, 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Krause Funeral Home Brookfield
21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072
Thursday 8/4, 2:00 pm

Memorials may be directed to EAA – The Tom Poberezny Young Eagles Scholarship.

Thomas P. Poberezny Tom Poberezny, a champion aviator, longtime leader of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and a National Aviation Hall of Fame member, died on Monday, July 25, at age 75 following a brief illness. His death came on the opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, the world’s largest fly-in convention that heContinue Reading

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Jude and Mike Dennis left a message on September 2, 2022:
Our sympathy to the family of Tom Poberezny. We appreciate his experience and expertise and consider him a friend. We miss him. Respectfully, Jude and Mike Dennis, Oregon Aero, Inc
George Vergeront left a message on August 14, 2022:
In memory of Thomas Poberezny, George Vergeront lit a candle
Judie mcccoy left a message on August 9, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know him long but what I knew was a great man
Butch Bejna left a message on August 8, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. Tom always remembered me no matter what event we saw each other at. One of the reasons I am still flying Young Eagles for 26 years.
Ray Lowell Johnson left a message on August 8, 2022:
Our sincere condolences to the Poberezny family. Without your contribution to aviation Tom, General Aviation would not be what it is today! Thank you and rest in peace.
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Linda Morgan, Widow of Pilot, B17 Memphis Belle left a message on August 8, 2022:
I knew Paul & Tom very well for the many years I did Evening Programs for Sun ‘n Fun & when I worked for Jeana Yeager, Voyager Pilot I managed her appearances & airshow booths & we loved going to Oshkosh. Paul & Tom are aviation legends. My heartfelt condolences to their families. I am the widow of Col Bob Morgan, WWII pilot of the famed B17 Memphis Belle, for 18 years now & a pilot myself for 47 years. I know Tom’s wife was the Wind Beneath his Wings & want her to know she has the support & love of the world wide aviation community. All of us are here to help her & Tom’s extended family in any way any of them need help. Linda Morgan
Heiner Pesch left a message on August 8, 2022:
I´m so happy that I had the chance of meeting Tom at the Aero, Friedrichshafen in 2009. Thanks for all and rest in peace!
G. Ziebarh left a message on August 5, 2022:
In memory of Thomas Poberezny, G. Ziebarh lit a candle
Lynn OJala left a message on August 4, 2022:
I attended AirVenture for the 44th year this past month. I was stunned to hear of your passing. My husband and I built 2 Christen Eagle aircraft after watching you and your team fly them in 1979. You will be very missed Tom. Thank you for making my life better. ❤️
Jim Irwin left a message on August 4, 2022:
Sharon and Leslie; In knowing Tom for 50 years I had the highest respect for him as a pilot, businessman, leader, mentor, and most importantly as a friend. He was hardworking, honest, and built EAA into a dynamic worldwide organization that serves aviation worldwide. I will miss seeing him at Oshkosh each year and will miss his evening phone calls to catch up on how things were going; that was Tom, always reaching out to others as a good friend. I''m sorry I could not attend today's services but please know my thoughts and prayers are with the Poberezny family today. Jim
Jolene Compton left a message on August 4, 2022:
Clear skies and tailwinds Tom. It was an absolute honor to know you not just as an aviator, but also as a friend. We will all miss you tremendously.
John Ettlie left a message on August 4, 2022:
Dear Sharon and family, So very, very sad to hear the news about Tom. You know that Tom was one of my very few best friends at Whitnall and eventually we were also classmates at Northwestern. I fill like I have lost a brother, and I am sure we all feel the same anguish that is attendant to such occasions. Tom and I used to work on industrial engineering problem sets in his rooming house in Evanston, late into the Sunday night hours. Those days seem very close to me now today, like memories that never fade between dear friends. He was a dear, dear friend, and I was never surprised by his wonderful life achievements. I never ever heard Tom say anything negative about our experiences; his mental glass was always more than half full. I will dearly miss being with you all today at his memorial service. My eyes are filling with tears. God Bless. Love, John Ettlie.
Jon Tennyson left a message on August 4, 2022:
RIP, Tom. Your life and work literally touched millions. You will be remembered and honored always. Praying for peace and comfort for Sharon, Lesley and your loved ones.
Robin Bruecker left a message on August 4, 2022:
Wanted to extend my condolences to the Poberezny family and the EAA family. I volunteered in the Antique/Classic Division in the '80s and '90s, and it is truly a wonderful organization and experience due to the many fabulous folks and their planes.
Robert Hennick left a message on August 3, 2022:
My condolences and Prayers are with y'all Tom Poberezny family. EAA Airventure is a wonderful place for all those Planes. Thank you. You're going to be missed here. Fly high in the" Spirit in the Sky!!"!! RIP Tom Poberezny. 😔🌹💛✈️
Cheryl Hardy left a message on August 3, 2022:
Tom’s vision, his spirit and amazing energy in his work ethic and speech were infectious. I am forever grateful to have known Tom and to have worked with him for just over two years when he joined us at the Citation Jet Pilots Association to help launch the group to the next level. We worked hard and at full throttle never looking back. It was an amazing ride, and I will always cherish those memories, the time spent and our continued connection since. Tom, may you soar on eagles’ wings… Cheryl and Hugh Hardy
Russell Munson left a message on August 3, 2022:
A great pilot, leader, and man. He left us far too soon.
Adam Smith left a message on August 3, 2022:
Dear Sharon and Leslie Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Tom was a great man who brought a tremendous amount of good into the world. His passing leaves a big hole in our hearts, but we can take some comfort in the fact that his incredible legacy is so broad and deep. It means that Tom will never be forgotten and his spirit will live on for generations through the - literally - millions of people that his life’s work left a positive mark on. For me personally, Tom was a great mentor and role model who taught me important lessons about relationships, quality, high standards and patience. He will continue to help me every single day.
Catherine Ulmer left a message on August 2, 2022:
We’re heartbroken to hear of Tom’s passing. I’m reminiscing about the good old days in Forest Park Manor, Hales Corners, where all the action was happening at the Poberezny household in the 1950s and 60s. It was a magical time—always some type of aircraft being constructed in their garage, fly-overs to “wave” the plane wings at us playing down below, and an occasional helicopter landing in the field across the street from our house, to pick up Bonnie for a ride! When Tom married Sharon Mathson, it was obviously a match made in heaven! My deepest sympathies to you, Sharon, Lesley, Bonnie and the Mathson families. Sincerely, Cathy Doneff Ulmer
gregg frondal left a message on August 2, 2022:
Thank you Mr. Poberezny and family. What a gift you have created for aviation enthusiasts. My parents brought me to Oshkosh for the first time in 1983, and now I bring my son every year. Blue skies and calm winds.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Marcio Ribeiro left a message on August 2, 2022:
In memory of Thomas Poberezny, Marcio Ribeiro lit a candle
Kim & Steve Coleman left a message on August 2, 2022:
Lesley, Our deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family. May the memories with your father bring you peace and comfort throughout the many years to come. God Bless. With love, Steve & Kim Coleman
Lisa Lynn Pribek left a message on August 2, 2022:
He was EAA along with his father. EAA will never be the same. He will always be remembered.
Julie (Karlinsky) Vitek left a message on August 2, 2022:
Tom always greeted me with a smile. Always very nice to me. Even though I have not seen him in many years, he will be missed. Thanks for the memories that he has created for me and millions of other aviation people. Love to Sharon and Lesley
Vicky Holston left a message on August 2, 2022:
I am so sorry to read of Tom's passing. My father was very involved in the EAA in its infancy, I have my Dad's member card (#12) along with a picture of him when the EAA was in Roscoe IL in my home. When my father passed, Paul, Tom's dad, attended his funeral and it meant so much to our family. I remember as a child watching Tom in his planes. He loved it so much. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family.
David Kleman left a message on August 2, 2022:
Since 1990 I have been an EAA member. Thanks in a large part to Tom, EAA has been an outstanding organization. I have met Tom at Air-Venture many times and found him to be very personable. May God Bless Tom and his family.
Karen Fernner left a message on August 2, 2022:
It was my honor to work for and know Tom for over 40 years. What a "Gentleman" You will never be forgotten!
Marc Dulude left a message on August 2, 2022:
Tom was not just a giant in the world of aviation, he was a compassionate and thoughtful leader with a vision to see what might be. The world is lessened by his passing.
Chick & Lisa Gregg left a message on August 2, 2022:
Expressing our sympathies and condolences for your loss. Tom will be sorely missed by all of us! He was a wonderful, thoughtful person!
Michelle (Lisak/Pupeter) Johnson left a message on August 2, 2022:
I did not know Tom but spent my life watching as his visions came to life in Oshkosh. Current location was site of mom’s ancestral farm lands and his wisdom, dedication and direction made it was it is today. Condolences to all who loved him and may he forever soar with angels.
Greg & Suzanne Herrick left a message on August 2, 2022:
He was a great man. A natural leader. Fun to be around and always welcoming. We remember him fondly.
Rick Battis left a message on August 2, 2022:
I had the chance to see Tom fly in eighties at Oshkosh. The Eagles where the most amazing thing I had ever seen, that snap roll they would perform right after take-off was jaw dropping. Tom, Charlie, and Gene may have been the three best pilots I ever had the chance to see. The EAA that I remember as a youth was nothing to what it has become today and that is largely due to Tom. Please accept my sincere condolences, may he rest in peace. Rick Battis
Henry Coffeen left a message on August 2, 2022:
Tom was a legend in my mind because of the Eagles flying team. I remember having posters as a kid of them and then one day a ferry pilot for Charlie got stuck at our local airport because of weather and I let him stay at my house. I got to hear personal stories and get more pictures and posters. That was the start of my flying career in 1983! I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Tom over the years and the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Cessna Citations Pilots Association. Tom will be missed, but never forgotten. What a great guy!
Elissa Lines left a message on August 1, 2022:
In many ways, to many people, Tom was bigger than life. The EAA culture, the campus, Young Eagles, Memorial Wall, and AirVenture itself are his legacy. We debated for months on the essence of the organization - it was Tom who finally put his endorsement on the Spirit of Aviation - larger than life. May he rest in peace and may those of us whose life he changed, be forever in his debt.
Jeff Gentz left a message on August 1, 2022:
Sharon, Lesley you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom, helped improve aviation for the masses. He will be greatly missed!
Nancy Soucy left a message on August 1, 2022:
Fly high, Red 3👍 Peace to your family💙
Lynne Kelly left a message on August 1, 2022:
so sad, so sudden....grew up with Tom in Valley View School and H.C. Lutheran church..and on to Whitnall H.S....RIP babe, you've earned it...
Jim Parker left a message on July 31, 2022:
Tom You were the light that shown on my aviation soul.
Garth Henderson left a message on July 30, 2022:
From the Henderson family, our deepest sympathy. From a quick student to a champion in short order has left me awe-struck. His love for the Sport and mentoring put aerobatics and EAA where it is today. Blue skies and tailwinds dear frind, you will be missed !
John S. Craparo left a message on July 29, 2022:
Dear Sharon & Leslie, My deepest sorrow is wrapped in Tom's passing. The last time I saw him was at a NAHF event a few years ago. I know this is not easy for you but my hope is that is was for you. I hope he is enjoying himself "down by the sea." God Bless You and Tom, John
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Don Stits left a message on July 28, 2022:
Sharon, Deepest sympathy for your loss. I will surely miss Tom, been friends for the past 64 years, and have fond memories of us paling around the airshows as kids. Tom was an outstanding pilot, businessman, and compassionate leader. His legacy will live on.
Dorothy’Carat’ Aiksnoras-Vallee left a message on July 27, 2022:
Dear Sharon , I will always remember and pray for Tom each year that I make the drive from MKE to OSH in July. His work ethic, flying ability, and kind heart will be missed by many. May You find comfort through God’s love. In Sympathy, Carat
Krause Funeral Home & Cremation Services left a message:
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