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Thomas Albert Neyfeldt, 77, of Streetman, passed away Dec. 7, 2017 after a long struggle with COPD at Navarro Hospital, Corsicana.
Tom was born in Berwyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, on June 6, 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Joelenta Neyfeldt and brother Jerry Neyfeldt, all of Chicago, Illinois.
Tom is survived by his wife, Lelia Allmon Neyfeldt, of 56 years, his son, Christopher Thomas Neyfeldt and Amy Hane of Topeka, Kansas, his twin grandsons Alexander Neyfeldt of Houston and Christopher Jr. Neyfeldt of Rosenberg, granddaughter, Sarah Jean Neyfeldt of Rosenberg, and niece Melissa Neyfeldt of Chicago, Illinois; Neyfeldt cousins and their families Carol Neyfeldt Benak, Jim Neyfeldt, Carter Waters, Linda Drabek, Dorothy Schiffman, and Carol Chervanak. Tom considered his brother-in-laws and their wives his own kin, Leonard and Jean Allmon and Jon and Ingrid Allmon; Aunt Shirley Allmon of Columbus, Texas, Lisa Allmon Brown, Corky Brown and their daughter, Emma of Georgetown, Texas; his nieces and nephews, Stacey Allmon Simpson and Chris Simpson, Leonard Allmon III and Carol Levins, Lori Allmon Johnson, Michael Allmon, and all their children. The Allmon cousins and their families: Judy Blackwell Braddock, Sandy Allmon Thompson, Patty Allmon Gray, Sharla Allmon Vrzalik, Greg Carlson, Tom Carlson, and Susan Sloan.
He had true friends, those who became the family of his heart, best and dearest friends. Thank you for being there for him.
Tom attended Immaculate Heart of Mary in Chicago, kindergarten through grammar school and graduated from St. Patrick's High School's very first graduating class in 1958. He studied Electrical and Automotive Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and began his career as an Engineer at Sun Electric in Chicago where he met his wife. They married in 1962 at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Their son, Chris, was born in 1963. They remained living in Chicago and then Arlington Hts. (suburb) for 15 years, then moved to Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, (near Harrisburg) where Tom worked for Roger Penske, traveling abroad on various engineering projects, as well as all over North America. While still in Illinois Tom had bought his first sail boat and learned to sail on Lake Michigan, he graduated to a bigger sailboat and moved it with the family to Pennsylvania - the boat was moored at Middle River, Md. and most weekends were spent sailing Chesapeake Bay. The family home was situated on South Mountain just above the Cumberland Valley, a short distance to D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Gettysburg, NYC, Boston - depending on which direction they headed. In 1993, the family moved to Texas, back to where his wife was born and raised, Corsicana, and settled in Streetman. He loved being in Texas, he loved the space and all the animals, and had lots of mentors who helped him to learn "the ropes." Tom continued working and traveling until he retired at the age of 65. COPD made its appearance about five years later. He had given up smoking 35 years before Dec. 7, 2017. It was his longest journey.
Viewing at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3000 West Highway 22 in Corsicana.
Interment will held at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Published on December 14, 2017
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