Thomas W. Lillard

Thomas “Tommy” Weldon Lillard, Jr., 66, Afton, Okla, went to be with his Lord& Savior on Sept. 5, 2013. He passed away at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thomas Lillard

He was preceded in death by his Father, Thomas Weldon Lillard,Sr; and his mother, Jewel Irene Lillard.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice Marie Lillard; his three daughters, J’sozette Prunier, Dawn Balsamo (husband Joe), and Mary L. Johnson (husband Kevin); his seven grandchildren, Thomas Lillard (wife Melanie), Megan Vicich (husband Jake), Joshua Prunier, John Balsamo, Chelsea Balsamo, Alexander Johnson and Nicholas Johnson; his five great-grandchildren, Matthew Lillard, Carson Lillard, Sophia Lillard, Aiden Prunier and Celia Balsamo; and three siblings, Jennifer Yeager, Rodney Lillard and Rebecca Heffley.

Tom was born on June 25, 1947 in Ada, Okla. In 1951, his family moved to North Kansas City, Mo., where he attended Norclay Elementary. In 1957, he moved to Kansas City, Kan., where he attended Oak Grove Elementary and Turner High School. His childhood passions included Boy Scouts and Baseball. He attended First Baptist Church in Hiland Crest with his family where he was baptized at an early age.

Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. He was very patriotic and was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran. He met his wife, Janice, on a blind-date and married her on November 21, 1966, while in the service. After returning home from the army, he began his 35 year career in the telecommunication industry. His career allowed him to travel domestically and, sometimes, to foreign countries.

Throughout his life, Tom enjoyed hunting, wood working, target shooting, fishing, golfing and playing cards with friends. He was very intelligent and could win at Trivial Pursuit every time.

Tom moved to Afton, Okla., where he built a home and retired with his wife Janice. In 1976 He became an apprentice member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A. He was a 32° and Secretary of the Grove, Okla. Lodge No. 187 and a member of Vinita Lodge No. 5. He met a brotherhood of friends that meant a great deal to him. It was through a fellow Mason that Tom found his way back to church after many years and was reconnected in his relationship with the Lord. He became a member of the First Christian Church in Langley, Okla.

Tom was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend and he will be missed by many.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home in Leavenworth, Kan. A funeral service will immediately follow at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.