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Leo Bychinski

June 28, 1945 — January 21, 2021


Leo Thomas “Tom” Bychinski, age 75, of Wausau, WI died peacefully on January 21, 2021 surrounded by his three children.

He will be remembered for his hard work ethic, leadership, love of Mickey Mouse, class, ambition, magic tricks, social connections throughout the country, achievements, ability to light up a room, sense of humor, Donald Duck impression and his deep love for family.

If you were looking for Tom, you’d never find him in one spot; always on the move. If he wasn’t working, you’d probably find him at a community event, on the golf course, at Sam’s Pizza or grabbing a fish fry. In the summer he’d often be mowing the lawn shirtless or hanging out by the grill with a cigarette and a beer cracking jokes and talking with friends. Tom loved to educate and connect with people, helping them achieve a better sense of who they were meant to be. The greatest pride in Tom’s life were his 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He worked tirelessly to provide a great life for them.

Tom was born in Wausau to Eline and Leo Bychinski in June 1945. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1963. He went on to earn his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business & Marketing from UW Stout. He was highly affirmed and lauded in the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) community throughout Wisconsin for many years. He maintained various roles at NTC, SNE/Weathershield, and Grabel Companies. He was a well-respected and sought-after national speaker for many businesses, colleges and functions. He was known for his positive mental attitude (“I’m super and getting better!”) and magic tricks. His favorite of course was Mickey Mouse, his #1 motivator to always have fun in what you are doing!

Tom was a dedicated and respected business leader in the city of Wausau. He volunteered in many different areas including the Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), West Side Business Association, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Club, and was involved in the planning and grand opening of the Wausau Mall.

A private service for extended family will be held February 6th at 3:00 at Highland Community Church and a public celebration of life memorial will be held on June 12th. If you are interested in attending please email so we can provide further details. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

Tom is survived by his children Bradley (Stephanie) Bychinski of Lakeville, MN, Kendra (Steve) Osness of Merrill, WI, and Nathan (Kristi) Bychinski of Wausau, WI, and 6 grandchildren.

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