Thomas L. Langenfeld, Jr., 58, passed away unexpectedly at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, as a result of a tragic incident.
Tom was born in Racine on October 16, 1950, to Thomas L. and Alice M. (nee, VanHeirden) Langenfeld, Sr. He grew up on the north side of town and chummed with his friends from St. Rita's. At age 16, he lost his good buddy Arno Brauner, whom he always missed. During high school, he realized his talent for auto body repair while practicing on his father's farming equipment and vehicles. During a stay in California, he enhanced his profession and later established himself back in Racine under Tom's Auto Body. Years later, after building his family a home above his shop, he changed directions and started Tom's Tow 'N' Go. Those who knew him well, know he never lost his love for auto body repair, but his work lives on. Tom was full of aspirations and kindness for those truly in need.
Tom is survived by his endearing wife, Sandra (nee, Preston) Langenfeld; treasured children, John (Jennifer), Shelley (Steve) Mayer, Kelly McClure, and Jason (Becky) McClure; electrifying and charismatic grandchildren, Meggan (Gene), Ryan (Jacob), Alex, Jasmine, Danielle, William, and Wyatt; precious great-grandchildren, Olivia, and Leander; and spirited sisters, Annie (Michael) Cunningham, Connie Czarnecki, and Sharon (Ed) Langenfeld. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, especially his Best Friend, Tony. He was preceded in death by his father, the revered, Thomas L. Langenfeld, Sr. and his mother, Alice M. Langenfeld.
We'll miss you dearly, Mountain Man.
A memorial visitation for Tom will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, November 23, 2008, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family will be appreciated.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000