Thomas Donald Landis, 79, of Warsaw, passed away at 9:05 P.M. Sunday evening, December 29, 2019, at his home.
Thomas was born April 19, 1940, the son of Milan and Mary (nee Falvey) Landis in Albia, Iowa. He was united in marriage to C. Diane Thompson on November 27, 1968. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Diane; and a son, Michael David Landis in infancy.
Thomas is survived by his partner, Priscilla Blecha, of Warsaw; two sons, Joseph Patrick Landis and his wife Corine (nee Bopp) Landis, of Warsaw and Michael Jeffrey Landis and his wife, Julie (nee Jaskie) Landis, of Yorkville, Illinois; step-daughter, SuSana Blecha of Altoona, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jenny and Ethan Landis of Warsaw; a sister, Patty (Jim) Starcevich, their daughters Linda and Kathy and their families, and a dear sister-in-law, Sue (Don) Koehler of Sutter and their families.
Tom attended Centerville Community College receiving his Associate’s Degree and then went on to attain his Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State Teacher’s College in Kirksville, Missouri. He received his Masters in Education in History and Counseling with his thesis being the “History of Monroe County, Iowa”. He was a professor (Emeritus) and counselor at Southeastern Community College from 1966 to 2002. During this time, he coached the golf team for twenty-five years.
Tom loved sports and was dedicated to the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals. He was an avid golfer and a member of Deer Run Golf Course in Hamilton since the early 1970’s. His best moments on the golf course include three hole-in-ones and the life-long relationships he found while out on the links. During his younger years, Tom was an excellent bowler earning many accolades and trophies. He excelled playing basketball in both high school and college. Tom helped establish Little League in Warsaw, spending countless hours coaching and inspiring the many teams he knew and loved. Additionally, Tom was an Eagle Scout and had served as a Scoutmaster. Outside of sports, Tom was a zealous reader and his home library exceeded 1000 books.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday evening, January 2nd, 2020 at Printy Funeral Home in Warsaw with family meeting friends from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M; Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at Printy Funeral Home in Warsaw with burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Warsaw. Memorials may be directed to Deer Run Golf Course in Hamilton or the Warsaw Public Library. Printy Funeral Home of Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.
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