Thomas Edward “Tom” Maslanka, age 83 passed peacefully on January 18, 2019.
Tom was a dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend and Christian Man. Born in Huntingburg, Indiana to Sue and Louis Maslanka. The family relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tom attended and graduated from Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. Returning to Tulsa he met, and married Mary Eunice Cook. Working for Lawrence Warehouse Systems as a Collateral Asset Manager, he had the opportunity to move his family to the Kansas City area. They chose Lee’s Summit, Mo in 1965 to raise their 3 children.
Tom enjoyed a variety of sports and was an avid fan of the The University of Oklahoma football team and The Kansas City Royals. He was involved with Our Lady of the Presentation Church and his childrens’ sporting events, acting as a coach, or help with timing a track meet, always encouraging them to give 100%.
After the death of his wife, he married Mary Jane Phillips and began enjoying the “Lake life”. He enjoyed golfing, traveling to Mexico, and the One Arm bandits at the boats here in the Kansas City area. At Lake Winnebago he was surrounded by many friends, spending time at the Yacht Club playing cards and being a part of the many lake activities.
His Grandchildren will always remember him teaching them manners before they knew what they were. He made a deal with them, if he caught them saying “Yea”, before correcting it to “Yes” they owed him a dime. If they caught him he owed them a nickel.
His keen sense of humor and practical jokes will be missed by all.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Phillips Maslanka; daughter, Susan (Dan) England; son, Tom Maslanka, Jr.; son, Tracy (Karen) Maslanka; grandchildren, Scott and Sasha (Maslanka) Fischer and Makayla Maslanka; brother, Bernard Maslanka of Laurel, Mississippi; children, Allott and Kim(Phillips) Francis, Chris and Rita Phillips; Grandchildren, Ryan Francis, Vance and Ashley (Phillips) Proffitt, Kayla Phillips, Bradley Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Louis Maslanka Jr.; wife, Eunice Maslanka; and grandson, Dustin Francis.
A Rosary is scheduled for 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Visitation will follow till 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Our Lady Of Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit. Entombment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to Knights Of Columbus Council 6819.