Thomas Mathew Kische was born to Walter and Norma Kische on February 13, 1941 in New London, Wisconsin. He died September 15, 2010 at his home in Lake Shastina when he lost his battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)/Shy Drager Syndrome (SDS).

Tom was a painter for 40 years; the last 15 were with his wife, Verdell, as his partner and crew.
Before his illness, his passion was hiking the mountains and RVing with Verdell. He just had to see what was around the next bend in the trail, or turn in the road.

They hiked into about 60 lakes a year. They climbed Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney and most of the local mountains, always with his dogs by his side.

Tom lived the last six and-a-half years in Lake Shastina. He was a great man, who loved his wife and family. He was so very proud of each of them. His family, dogs and his mountains made him complete. He will be missed and remembered by so many.

Tom is survived by his wife, Verdell Kische, and former wife, Irene; sister, Sue Juarez of Virginia; brother, Charles (and Elaine) Kische of Yreka.

Surviving children are Karrie (and John) Glines of Santa Maria; Brian (and Nanette) Kische of Yreka, Steve Kische of Pioneer, California; Kim (and Clay) Smith of Bend, Oregon; and Kevin (and Michelle) Martin of Durham, California.

Tom is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Kische in 1987; and his mother, Norma Kische in 2010.

A graveside service was held Monday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Cemetery; followed by a Celebration of Life held at the Lake Shastina Club House.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local Humane Society.