Tom Litchfield   September 14, 1962 to February 12, 2024

We lost our dear angel, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle & best friend. He was truly our shining star and our hearts are broken.

Tom’s journey began in Boston, which he was extremely proud of telling everyone he met. Tom dearly loved his New England family.

Tom was an accomplished swimmer and cross country skier with the Special Olympics in his younger years. Later in life he enjoyed volunteering at the Special Olympics. He very proudly graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1984 and later on worked at HyVee for over 20 years serving food and sacking groceries. By the time he retired in 2019, he was basically a local celebrity.

Tom loved having sleepovers with all of his nieces and nephews. Every time he brought a bag full of VHS movies consisting of Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gremlins and Chucky (even though it scared the kids).

Tom spent many weekends at the Delta Sig Fraternity at K-State where he would use the intercom to call “boys only” meetings during parties. When it was time to leave, he would make everyone line up and give him a hug. This is most likely where he learned his favorite inappropriate responses to things he didn’t want to do!

Although he was extremely innocent, he was also quite ornery. When younger, he threw his shoes out car windows which was funny to his sisters, not so much to mom and dad!

Tom loved rearranging furniture (many times without permission), Hawaiian shirts, Chiefs, family holiday parties, going to church, Diet Coke, McDonalds, bowling, Yahtzee, reminding people the date of his birthday, traveling and calling all cute women “Miss USA America”.

Tom hated cold weather, dirty rooms, spicy food, delayed removal of all Christmas lights, not riding in the front seat & eventually Chucky after receiving a life-size doll at his 40th surprise birthday party!

Tom was in all of our weddings and loved being the center of attention. He would dress up (reluctantly) and always find the DJ to sing Amazing Grace or Edelweiss.

Tom touched our family in a way that can never be explained. He made us all better people and exemplified the meaning of unconditional love. He had a gentle soul that made everyone love him. He is now an angel up in heaven joining his father, mother, sister and his beloved dog, Sam (whom he prayed for often).

Tom lived independently for years with his roommate David and then spent his last few years in a group home with Options Services.

He is survived by his sister, Wendy Jensen, brother-in-law, Rick Jensen, R.C. Jensen (Nia), Kellie Reilly (Brendan), Jeff Jensen, Courtney Smith, Kyle Smith, Luke Smith (Alyssa), 5 great nieces & nephews & the Cross family in New England.

No funeral services will be held in Kansas City; however, Tom will be buried with his father in Boston in the near future.

A Celebration of Life party, Wizard of Oz themed, will take place on Saturday, March 23, with an open house from 4-8pm at 9748 Juniper Lane in Overland Park, KS.

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