Obituaries

Thomas John Lauman

December 3, 1932 - September 12, 2021

Thomas John Lauman, 88, of St. Charles, IL., formerly Streamwood, IL., passed away to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 12, 2021 with his family by his side at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, IL.  Thomas was born on December 3, 1932, in Melrose Park, IL., the son of Walter and Beatrice (nee. Frye) Lauman.  He was united in marriage to Norma Jean Leigh, on August 3, 1957.

Tom’s early years were spent in Bensenville, IL, where sometimes you could find him at his parent’s grocery store where his Dad’s primary role was as the butcher of the shop.   He would get a sparkle in his eye when he talked about being able to drive at the age of 14, as he delivered groceries, as it was considered a necessity for the family business.  He went to Bensenville Community High School, where he enjoyed playing Basketball, Football and on the Track team often telling stories about how he was a hurdler and getting the right stride.

After high school he joined the Marines on March 17th, 1952, served in the Reserve from March of 1955 and was Honorably Discharged March 16th, 1960.  He would commonly greet his brothers and sisters in arms with “Semper Fi” and “Oorah”.  He enjoyed razzing Navy Vets that he met with a version of this quote:

“If the Army and the Navy

Ever look on Heaven’s scenes

They will find the streets are guarded

By United States Marines”

“Semper Fidelis”

A friend introduced him to the woman of his dreams, Norma “Jean”.  As he was “quite the Dancer”, Jean was nervous when he asked her on a date to the Melody Ballroom where they ended up dancing the night away.  The rest was history as they were married on August 3rd 1957 and started their family. 

Tom worked at AT&T/Illinois Bell, Motorola and lastly the Village of Streamwood from which he retired.  He worked hard and always took the opportunity for overtime, so he could treat his family to a vacation or get his children that one special Christmas gift. His favorite destinations were beaches.  It didn’t matter where it was, but it needed to be on a beach.  Family, sand, water, and sun meant lots of fun.  He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, the more the merrier.  He attended all of his children’s sporting events, various football, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, softball and tennis matches/games.  Sitting in the bleachers yelling out, ‘hit him, take him down, you can do it, keep your eye on the ball.” And if you had the opportunity to be in the bleachers you knew Tom, not only because he was a nice guy, but he was rather loud when watching the games.  He would even go to the early orchestra and band concerts, which showed his true love for his kids.  This transcended later into watching his grandchildren and being blessed to even watching his great grandchildren play various sports. 

He didn’t really have any hobbies per say except for cars.  He loved convertibles and going to car shows.  Cruising with the top down and music cranked up.  Again, “Fun in the Sun”

Tom accepted Christ as his Savior late in life. He was relatively quiet about his faith but enjoyed hosting a small group from church with Jean. Many times throughout the years following this decision you would hear him say, “ I am so blessed!”

Everyone he met loved Tom.  A few words to describe him were fun, giving, compassionate, amazing and a word used often by himself about how he felt while in the company of family and friends (which was everyone he met), he was “Fantastic!”

He will be deeply missed, but take heart in the fact that he is now“Dancing with the Angels”.

Thomas is survived by his three children, Thomas (Victoria) Lauman Jr., Linda (David) Granquist and Steven (Stacy) Lauman; his seven grandchildren, Bradley Granquist, Kristine Granquist, Stephanie (Kevin) Fogerty, Shelby (Ian) Winters, Steven Lauman Jr, Kira Lauman and Brynn Lauman; his five great grandchildren, Liam and Ella Granquist, Judah, Graham and Selah Fogerty, his brother-in-law, Donald (Linda) Leigh; his sister-in-law, Linda Leigh; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Norma Jean Lauman; his brother, Phillip (Leona) Lauman; and his sister Elsie (Lawrence) Heglund.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street, St. Charles, Il. 60174.  Saturday, September 18, 2021 Tom will lie in state from 8:45 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. at New Covenant Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL. 60175.  A funeral service will follow at 9:30 A.M. also at the church.  Interment will be held at Acacia Park Cemetery in Norridge, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation in Thomas’ name may be made to, Hines VA Medical Center. 

Guest Book

  • Lois Steltenpohl Linda and Dave and family, So sorry to hear about your Father (Grandfather), Mr. Lauman. Addie spent many fun days at the Laumans home with Stephanie. Kurt remembers Mr. Lauman from Sky Video! We send you all our prayers and sympathy for your loss.
  • Sharon Castillo From all of your Uniphase Family... we are sending our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. We will keep you and your family in our prayers during this most difficult time. A donation has been made to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the loving memory of Thomas John Lauman.