Thomas C. "Big Tom" Longardner

September 21, 1954July 9, 2018

Thomas “Big Tom” Longardner, of Montgomery, Michigan, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born in LaGrange, Indiana, to Carl and Martha (Hegerfeld) Longardner.

He graduated from Quincy High School in 1973. After high school he became a certified master diesel mechanic, and later owned Big Tom’s Repair in Montgomery, Michigan. Tom enjoyed farming, reading, mentoring, entertaining with music and ultimately working on anything he could get his hands on.

Tom married Diane L. Pittenger on January 25, 1975, at Clear Lake, Fremont, Indiana.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Longardner of Montgomery, Michigan, a daughter, Kari (Mike) Prater of Montgomery, Michigan, a son, Logan (Brianna) Longardner of Fremont, Indiana, his grandson/sidekick, Mason Prater, brothers, Bob Longardner, and Dave Longardner both of Montgomery, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Kaye Longardner.

There will be a visitation from 3-7 pm Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana. According to his wishes cremation will take place following the visitation.

According to Tom’s wishes memorial donations in his memory are requested towards the educational fund for his grandson Mason, to follow his Papa’s footsteps to become a diesel mechanic.


  • Educational Fund, Grandson Mason to followed his Papa's footsteps to become a diesel mechanic


  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thomas C. "Big Tom" Longardner

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Brenda Sommers

July 13, 2018

I have known Tom since the age of 14...I waitressed at the Hitchin Post through high school and he was a regular, waited on him and Diane often and then through karaoke. Wonderful person, always smiling and a great sense of humor!! You will leave a huge void in the lives of MANY people. 💔

Shirley Williams

July 12, 2018

I am going to miss you stopping in at the Marathon in Fremont. You were one of my most favs. I really enjoyed our little talks. It helps knowing you are no longer in pain. RIP Big Tom.

Archie Frost

July 11, 2018

One of they best mechanic their ever will be,. Manson u ever want to go fishing u get a hold of me 5174620114, I told u I would take u

Joane (jojo) Mase

July 11, 2018

I have so many fond memories of this sweet man! Karaoke night at the old chubs pub now called the draft horse was how we met & from then on he just became FAMILY to us!!! His laugh, smile, hugs and listening ear will never be forgotten! His love for Christmas i will always cherish in my heart.
If i learned one thing from this man it was to enjoy every moment life hands you & to pick that book up and read & get lost in it!!
One thing i will always remember him saying to me is -hes never met a bad cookie❤️ This is so true if you knew how big his sweet tooth was & he always had a stash of chocolate for us girls every friday night....
I will love & cherish your friendship forever my sweet friend
We will miss you for always

Todd M Penner

July 11, 2018

Tom was a Great Man, Full of knowledge , My go to for trucking when I broke down, always willing to help, he could always tell me what was wrong and get me home ! Great conversation person that will be missed ! I'll eat a donut for you BIG TOM !! you will be Greatly MISSED !!!!

Melissa Spooner

July 11, 2018

Thomas was a nice men .... I when down to Karaoke in Orland at the dar ... We a good time talk to hem rip.

April Schwartz

July 10, 2018

Tom was such a loving person, and so sweet. This world would be such a better place if there were more Big Tom's. I always looked forward to you coming in at Stateline you always made me smile. You were such a special soul. Love ya Big Tom.

Diann Greenamyer

July 10, 2018

We will miss you Tom a great man with a big heart

Shelly Baldwin

July 10, 2018

Such a big goofy guy with a huge heart! Oh the memories of when we were in band. RIP dear Tom and prayers for your family.

John Hedrick

July 10, 2018

A selfless man, always concerned about others, he would help anyone at anytime. Always a kind word . A friend I will truly miss. So sorry for his family's loss. He touched so many people.