THOMAS “Tom” FREDERICK WEMPE

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THOMAS “Tom” FREDERICK WEMPE, age 78, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away on August 23, 2021 at his home in Spring Hill after an extended illness, 5 years with Lewy Body Dementia.

Tom was born January 18, 1943 in Hiawatha, Kansas, to Lawrence & Dorothy Wempe.

He graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1961 and he and his classmates remained close, having yearly reunions and gatherings since graduation.  He felt very blessed to have them in his life, along with his Ford Motor Company family – co-workers.  He very much appreciated his customers in the Body Shop and was thankful for their business.

Tom married Victoria on 9/19/1993 and she survives, of the home.  Thomas and Victoria would have celebrated their 28th anniversary next month, on September 19th.

 He is survived by two sons, Todd Wempe (Brenda), Gardner, KS, Trent Wempe (Cindy), Olathe, KS;  Daughter, Terie (Chris) Jahr, Ottawa, KS; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Rodman, Cole Camp, Mo, Mary Miller (Roy), Lane, KS, Jackie Anderson (Les), Paola, KS; Donna Livingstone, Bakersfield, CA;  Brother, John Wempe, Kansas City, MO.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Father, Lawrence Wempe, Mother, Dorothy Dodson and Stepfather Emmett Dodson; brother, ET (Emmett) Dodson; sisters, Anastasia Hutchens, Glenda Martinez; daughters, Trudie Hutchison and Tracie Michaels; a granddaughter Allisha Reynolds;  many nieces and nephews and most recently, his beloved Dog, Bella and Feline companion, Kit. 

Tom accomplished many things in his life.  He was a guard at Lansing, KS Prison for 18 months, returning to Spring Hill, where he served on the Spring Hill Police Department.  He later joined the team at Ford Motor Company in Lenexa, KS, retiring in 1996, after 30+ years.  He also owned and operated a Body Shop (repair & paint, dent repair, tire repair & sales) in Spring Hill for 45 years, retiring in 2015, due to health issues.

He loved playing horseshoes, FreeCell & Solitaire. Working and religion were his most favorite interest.   He loved talking about politics, (another OCD subject).  His only regret in life would have been that he can no longer tease & tickle his great grandkids.

Tom was very dedicated to and cherished his church family since 1971 and rarely missed attending, serving in any way he could.  He was a member of Grace Communion International Church – Kansas City South.

Celebration of Life

Celebration of life will be Sunday, September 12, 2021, 1:30pm at Whitefield Academy, 8929 Holmes Rd, Kansas City MO, Reception to follow and all are welcome.  Masks are mandated.

Private interment will be at the Spring Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Vitas Hospice, Lenexa, KS, an outstanding team and very kind & loving.  Thank you all at Vitas for your comfort to Tom in his final days.

23 Comments

  1. Victoria on August 20, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Tom, one year ago today, we all had to start saying a final goodbye to you. We all love you so much and you are with me (& us), every day…. since those last few days of your life here on earth, with us. I miss you and I love you. Thank you, for all you gave to all your family & friends, during your life. I cannot wait to see you again.

  2. Anonymus on March 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Tom, you are still very much appreciated and loved. Daily life is still difficult without you; your love and devotion to friends and family can never be replaced. Thank you for all you sacrificed for all of us, in time of need and in time of devotion. You are truly loved, missed and appreciated. You live on, and always will, in our hearts and memories daily.

  3. Kevin McKinney on November 23, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Billie Mahoney told me that Tom used to help repair her car when her mother was ill and the family was in need of assistance. His legacy lives in her gratitude.

    • Victoria Wempe on March 22, 2022 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you, Kevin, for your kind words. Tom absolutely loved Billie and I am quite sure she has been teaching him the art of tap-dancing in the interim heaven, where they both are now. I will never forget Billie’s talent, her smile, her enthusiasm for dance and the arts. We all love Billie so very much. Victoria

  4. Victoria on October 24, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    I find it harder each day without you, because I miss you more than words can even say. You would think it would get “easier” each day, but it doesn’t. I ask myself every morning how to get past this. All I can say, is I miss you and I love you. I wish you could come back. I miss everything about you, before your disease took over. It was difficult to fulfill the daily grind of care-giving, as time progressed, yet I am very thankful I could do that for you.

    You were always my friend, my rock, and the love of my life for almost 30 years, and if you can hear this or read this, I love you, forever and a day. I cannot wait to see you again.

    • Danette on January 24, 2022 at 10:09 am

      This is something I can relate to and hope that you remember that they are with us and sometimes they prove it. I’m so sorry your heart is heavy and hurting with your loss. If you want you can call 913 326 6389. My condolences to the family.

  5. Janet Bennett on September 8, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Terie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was such a great guy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs my friend!!!!!

  6. Victoria Wempe on September 6, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Prior to Tom’s Celebration of Life, worship services will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Whitefield Academy, 8929 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

    We welcome you to attend our services!!

  7. Victoria Wempe on September 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    All are invited to attend church services, prior to Tom’s “Celebration of Life”, starting at 10:30 a.m. We would love to see you there, if you wish to attend.

    Thank you all, who have expressed so much kindness to the family. We all truly appreciate it.

    Victoria Wempe

  8. Victoria Wempe on September 2, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Sadly, due to Covid 19, we have been advised to cancel the luncheon, following the Celebration of Life for Tom, on September 12th at Whitefield Academy.

  9. Christopher Reynolds on August 30, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Tom told me things he didn’t want to. He loaned me money when he had little. He bought my first home for me and my family. He cared and it wasn’t about ‘what can I get credit for’, but rather ‘how can I help you’. Whether it was sitting on his porch with a cold beer, or in his shop sweating with him. He was a working man- Hell he used to ‘sleep’ for 4 hours a day- 4 hours people!!!! He worked 2 full time jobs and had fun doing it! If ever there was a man who led by example look no further than Tom Wempe! I will sing his praises until I have no breath left.
    I am still not sure what to believe about the Bible for myself- I have questioned Tom, over the years and one thing is for sure- Tom had FAITH and LOVE. A truly great man

    • Terie on August 31, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Thank you for your kind words Chris truly

  10. Victoria Wempe on August 28, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I am missing Tom like crazy, yet I am glad he is not suffering anymore. I wouldn’t want him back the way he was suffering, and I know he is in the hands of our Savior. He died very peacefully and his sister Mary and I were here to say a final goodbye. I appreciate everything Tom did for me in our 28 years; it was difficult in the past two years, but I “made it through the fire”. Tom was the love of my life and I will always be grateful to him, during the years he was “himself”. He loved all his family deeply and truly cherished his friends. Thank you all for your kind thoughts to me…I truly appreciate it. Victoria

  11. Terie on August 27, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    My daddy was always my hero… Whether it was a hug I needed really bad or some advice on life’s decisions. I was very blessed to have him as my dad. I will forever cherish our long long talks about God death marriage and also lots of laughter on his back porch. It does my soul good to know that he is in The Kingdom Of Heaven with his lord and savior. I love you daddy this is not goodbye this is see ya later love -Halfpint (Terie)

    • Dana on August 30, 2021 at 12:55 am

      My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. He was such a great inspiration to us all with his love for god. He waa always trying to make you laugh with the occasional corny joke. Hr will be missed by everyone and I feel blessed to have him in my life.

      • Victoria Wempe on August 30, 2021 at 10:25 pm

        ❤️ Call me. ❤️



  12. anonymus on August 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Tom was a GOOD man. He cared very deeply for friends & family, to a fault. He also cared for those dealing with hard-times, trying to help, when he had the ability.
    Even though he was a bit of a “workaholic”, he meant well. He enjoyed helping others, when he could.

  13. leda davis on August 26, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss Vic. One memory of Tom is just how much he loved his grand children and great grandchildren. He always had the biggest smile when they were near. I don’t think he ever missed a birthday or special event for them. Another was his dedication to church and friends, including classmates and those alumni events, and getting together weekly. He was always available to help them all, and do what was needed. Vic our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. April Hutchison on August 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

    So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.

    • Robert Edmiston on August 26, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      Tom was a great man he got my faith in god and reading the bible I appreciate everything he done for me. Tom and Viki always welcome me and my daughter’s over for a visit and help him out with whatever they wanted done he was a amazing man and a friend I hope the family and Viki get threw this loss I am so sorry to here he passed Viki did everything she could to help him my thoughts and prayers for the family God bless you all.

    • Gramma on August 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm

      We hope to see you September 12th at Tom’s Celebration of Life. We are hoping grand daughter Hannah {and her family) will be there, along, with grandson, Hayden!

      Much love to you all!

      • Victoria Wempe on August 31, 2021 at 6:10 am

        Awesome! 🙂

        Love you all.



    • Victoria Wempe on August 30, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      ❤️ Thank you all. I hope to see you there. ❤️

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