He was born April 21, 1920, in Pullman, WA to Joseph and Emily Retzel.
He was raised in Spokane, living and working on the family farm.
He graduated from West Valley High School June 8, 1938.
He married Margie Snider, on July 22, 1941.
Enlisting in the Navy he served honorably as an aviation metalsmith during World War II, achieving the rank of Petty Officer 3rd class.
After the war, he returned to Spokane where he pursued his life long profession as a highly respected, building contractor.
Many of his customers becoming his close friends.
He loved to read, ski and immensely enjoyed his later years sharing his home on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Over his lifetime, Tom also enjoyed attending Navy reunions with other WWII veterans from Camp Benion, Farragut.
He was an active civic volunteer, and was a long time member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Harrison, Idaho and also of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Spokane.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Margie, his parents, brothers Vincent and Ray, and his sisters Marguerite Honeychurch, Marie Johnson and Theresa Hedges.
He is survived by his daughter Donna Marie Grunthal, brother Rev.
Joseph Retzel S. J., Hays, MT, sister-in-laws Margaret Retzel, East Wenatchee, WA, Betty Snider, Spokane, and many nephews and nieces.
His strong faith and generosity were an inspiration to all.
Date and time for Catholic services and a celebration of his life will be announced at a future date.
Memorials to charity of choice.