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Thomas Eugene "Tom" Leikam

December 6, 1960 June 5, 2018
Thomas Eugene "Tom" Leikam
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Obituary for Thomas Eugene "Tom" Leikam

Thomas Eugene “Tom” Leikam passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas at the age of 57. He was born on December 6, 1960 in Plainville, Kansas to the late Alvin and Lucille (Schrandt) Leikam. He grew up in the Plainville area and graduated from Plainville High School with the Class of 1978. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from Kansas State University.

Tom was a kind-hearted “generous to a fault” kind of guy. He didn’t speak ill of other people and was always willing to help out and take care of friends and neighbors. He was instrumental in helping the KSU campus become more “accessible” and went to Washington DC when the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. He was a hardworking man and spent most of his working years in the oilfield. He also loved farming and being outdoors. From hunting and fishing to photography and drawing, animals and nature were a constant source of inspiration and comfort to him.

Tom loved the arts and music. He played guitar, on demand could hammer out his own version of any song on the piano along with his own lyrics, and even worked as a DJ during his college days. Always the life of the party, hanging out with Tom meant there was never a dull moment. He also enjoyed classic muscle cars and motorcycles, especially Harleys. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and served on the Board of Directors for LINK (Living Independently in NW Kansas).

Tom is survived by his brother Joe Leikam and wife Angela of Plainville; sisters Anita Taylor and husband Duane of Chandler, AZ, Bernadette Gardner of Phoenix, AZ, and Susanne Moore and husband Russell of Scottsdale, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Lucille Leikam, and brother Alvin Gregory Leikam, Jr.

It has been said, “Life is like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, others stay late, some laugh with you, and some laugh at you. But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who help clean up the mess, and usually they are not even the ones who made the mess. These are your true friends.” Tom loved the party we call life, he lived it on his own terms, and was a true friend to all who knew him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Plainville. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00pm on Sunday at the funeral home with a prayer vigil at 7:00pm. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm.


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

10

Jun

2:00 PM 6/10/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/10/2018 8:00:00 PM
Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Plainville

320 SW 2nd
Plainville, KS 67663

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM

Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Plainville
320 SW 2nd Plainville 67663 KS
United States

Vigil Service

Sunday

10

Jun

7:00 PM 6/10/2018 7:00:00 PM
Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Plainville

320 SW 2nd
Plainville, KS 67663

Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Plainville
320 SW 2nd Plainville 67663 KS
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Monday

11

Jun

10:30 AM 6/11/2018 10:30:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church -Plainville

206 N. Washington Plainville, KS 67663
Plainville, Kansas 67663

Sacred Heart Catholic Church -Plainville
206 N. Washington Plainville, KS 67663 Plainville 67663 Kansas
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Sacred Heart Cemetery Final Resting Place

Park Park, KS 67751

Park Park, KS 67751
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sacred Heart Catholic Church -Plainville

206 N. Washington Plainville, KS 67663
Plainville, Kansas 67663

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