Thomas G. Skarlis

Sep 16, 2020
skarlis, Tommy rev


10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 23 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 613 West 4th Street, Waterloo.



1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, September 22; at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th Street, Waterloo with the family being present from 3:00 to 7:00; and there will be a Trisagion service at 5:30.


Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo


Memorials may be directed to the family.


Thomas G. Skarlis, 55, of Denver, died at his home on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He was born on July 22, 1965, in Waterloo, to J. “George” and Shirley M. Skarlis and graduated from Waterloo Central High School in 1983. Thomas married Michelle Ann Welsh on October 23, 1999, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Waterloo.

He has been a competitive fisherman following his dream since 1994; an accomplished Angler on the Walleye Circuit and Crappie Masters Circuit and known as one of the most versatile anglers out there. Thomas was inducted into the 2020 National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He served on the board of National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA); his member number was #11.

He was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Fishing, hunting, and the outdoors were his LIFE. But the love for his family was his greatest accomplishment. “Tommy” as his fellow fishermen called him was a storyteller, jokester, charismatic, colorful character with a greater-than-life personality. But his most prominent strength was his faith, and that has earned him his latest and greatest championship.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Michelle and sons, Jacob and Nicholas, all of Denver; his parents, George and Shirley Skarlis of Waterloo; a brother, John (Angela) Skarlis of Cedar Falls; several nieces; and a nephew. He is preceded in death by his sister, Susan Wisner.

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  1. Mary ellner | Oct 04, 2020

    Michelle and family:  HUGS and Prayers from someone who met Tommy via his 2nd!     6am in the morning.  Rod was to be his Observer that Fishing Day in Hudson WI.   Tommys question to me: Does he talk?   Guess hed had 3 previous Observers who did.   I told him hed have to ask the questions .. So sorry for a life taken way too soon.  Prayers and HUGS.  Rod & Mary

  2. Jim Quinn | Sep 22, 2020
    My condolences on Tommy's passing. Every time i met him he was smiling and in a good mood. He had a zest for life. Our prayers are with you.
  3. Leon Petterson | Sep 22, 2020
    my prayers are with you
  4. Richard L. Foster | Sep 21, 2020
    Michelle and family,  My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.  Tommy will find and everlasting peace with the Lord and live in your hearts and memories forever.  Godspeed Tommy!  Richard L. Foster, Cedar Falls 
  5. Dana Marie Wilson | Sep 20, 2020
    Our deepest condolences Tommy's family.  We met him when we traveled the Walleye Circuits and always enjoyed Tommy's animated nature and his dedication to his love of fishing.   It was an honor to fish and compete with Tommy.  We are deeply saddened by his passing.  May God comfort all of you in your grief.  Terry & Dana Wilson
  6. Randy Vandezande | Sep 20, 2020
    Prayers for the family  You left your mark, and it was a good one.  Rest in peace.  I'll throw a line in for ya.
  7. Todd | Sep 19, 2020
    I loved Tommy Skarlis! My father Randy, was also especially fond of him. The sports show circuit will not be the same without him. He will be sorely missed. Condolences, Todd Amenrud
  8. Herb. Walk | Sep 18, 2020
    So sorry prayers  for family
  9. Capt. Keith Segar | Sep 18, 2020
    Again, my condolences and deepest sympathies for your family.  The world is a lesser place without Tommy in it.....we ALL loved him.  His good nature, effervescent personality, and his Joy for life!

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