Thomas “Tom” Anton Hollfelder, age 82, of Elkhart Lake, WI, died on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. He was born in Madison, WI on October 9, 1941, the son of the late Edward and Vera Lochner Hollfelder.
Tom graduated from Middleton High School, Middleton, WI in 1959. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy a day before his 18th birthday, serving his country for 3 years as a guided missile operator. Tom felt very strongly about being an American and honored the flag throughout his life. Tom worked on a Top Secret Guided Missile program for NASA on the east coast. On October 13, 1962, he was united in marriage to Bea Matas in Los Angeles, California.
Tom worked for MicroDot in Pasadena, California, Alston Division of Conrac in Glendora, CA and Porta Systems in sales located in Long Island, New York. While working for Porta Systems, he with his partner, Jack Watson of Glendora, California began to design in the basement of Tom’s home on Long Island, the first generation technology AM-1 (Ameritec Technology) telecommunications test equipment. This ingenius design would later lead them to start Ameritec Corporation as partners in 1979. Tom and Jack continued to design and manufacture telecommunications test equipment for all the major telephone companies within the United States and Worldwide until the dissolution of the company in 2015.
Tom’s passion for automobiles and racing led him to collect vintage and rare race cars. This then led him to become an avid race car driver himself. He raced all over the world and the United States. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Covina, CA, the Ferrari Owners Club in the Coachella Valley, CA and was an HRC Member, Director and President for Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. Tom and his wife, Bea have had an interest in philanthropy throughout the years and have impacted many organizations in the United States.
Survivors include his wife, Bea Matas Hollfelder; two children, Cathy (Geoff) Perriman; Christine (Darrell) Auxier, four grandchildren, Carly and Maddy Perriman, and Randie (Joey) Dyche, and Brittany Massro. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends further survive. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Carol Hollfelder, son-in-law, Paul Brown, and a brother and sister.
A private celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan for the compassion and care given to Tom.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com