Sikorski - (Obit Leader)
Sikorski - (Obit Leader)

In Memory of Thomas Langham

June 26, 1944 - January 17, 2021

Thomas “Tom” C. Langham, age 76, of Stone Lake, WI passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Thomas Charles Langham was born June 26, 1944 in Rice Lake, WI, the son of Roger “Dick” and Marie (Boylan) Langham.

He attended Hauer Rural Elementary School and worked hard on the family dairy farm. Tom graduated from Birchwood High School in 1961 and from UW-River Falls in 1966 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education. He was a high school math teacher and basketball coach at Juneau High School from 1966-1968. Tom was joined in marriage to Toby Vatke on October 22, 1966 at St. Matthew’s Church, St. Paul, MN. Tom was a High School Math Teacher and head boys’ basketball coach at Colby High School from 1969-1988. He was a dedicated passionate coach, who had connections with his players and winning seasons and conference championships. During summers, he was a truck driver for Meig’s Trucking in Abbotsford, WI. He taught at Hayward High School and coached from 1988-2000, where he was also known as a favorite teacher, one who always had a smile and a joke to share. Tom retired in 2000 to enjoy family time with his grandkids, continued truck driving, and doing outdoor activities.

In Colby, he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, played City League Basketball and Summer Softball League and was a member of Colby Lions Club. While he lived in Stone Lake, he was a member and reader at St. Phillip’s Catholic Church and was a member of Stone Lake Lions Club.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, hosting parties and socializing, listening to 60’s and Country music and playing cards. He also enjoyed making wood, mowing lawn and he had a strong Catholic faith. Tom will be remembered as a storyteller, prankster, and for his sense of humor and outgoing and bold personality. Also, he was known by students and players as a one-of-a kind teacher and coach.

He is survived by his loving wife Toby of 54 years; sons David of Stone Lake, Ross (Karmen) of Radisson; daughter Lisa (Shannon) Underwood of Abbotsford, WI; six grandchildren Trent, Alyssa, Lexi & Tori Underwood and Kaylee & Cora Langham; brothers Robert (Rolinda) Langham, Edward (Pam) Langham both of Stone Lake & Jerome Langham of Barron, WI; sister Evelyn (Pat) Rohlik of Rice Lake, Alice (David) Bertolino of Montreal, WI.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Roger and Marie; and brother James Langham.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Philips Catholic Church in Stone Lake. Father Gregory Hopeful will officiate with music provided by Sister Felissa Zander. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Stone Lake. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 22nd, prior to Mass at the church.

Honorary casket bearers will be Kaylee Langham, Cora Langham, Tori Underwood and Kevin Zetah.

Casket bearers will be Carl Langham, James “Jimmy” Langham, Shannon Underwood, Trent Underwood, Alyssa Underwood and Lexi Underwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred by the family to American Stroke Association, Colby School District Booster Club or Hayward High School Athletics.

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