Thomas Tom Joseph Bash

September 21, 1940April 10, 2013


Thomas J. Bash of Leawood, Kansas passed away on April 10, 2013 at the age of 72. He was born to the late Homer and Miriam Bash on September 21, 1940 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was lovingly adopted by Mary Somers Bash after the passing of Miriam when he was 12 years old. Tom is survived by his wife Janet; his children Henry and Lily Bash, Suzanne Bash Fletcher, Andrew T. Bash and Sara Bash Reda; brothers Robert and John Bash and sister Sandra Snodgrass; seven grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. Tom attended the University of Illinois, where he majored in Insurance and Communications. Tom started his career as an insurance agent with Mass Mutual in Indianapolis and shortly became the youngest general agent in the history of the company. He and his family moved to Kansas City in 1975 when he accepted the general agent position for Mutual Benefit Life. In 1982 Tom went to work for then Governor Kit Bond as an assistant to the governor. Tom returned to the Kansas City area and began a successful career in money and wealth management. He retired in 2004 from Eveans, Bash, Klein as a managing director. Tom was devoted to Kansas City and many causes. He served as president of The Kansas City Philharmonic, president of the Trinity Lutheran Hospital Foundation, president of Rotary Club 13 and in a number of capacities with the Salvation Army. He also served as a member of the board of directors of The Barstow School. He was involved in countless other organizations throughout his lifetime. Tom loved helping others and viewed all of his clients as friends. Tom never met a stranger and if he did it was not for very long. The visitation will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 9101 Lamar, Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church on April 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army or Rotary Club 13 Youth Camp. Condolences for the family may be offered online at


  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thomas Tom Joseph Bash

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May 11, 2013

Dear Janet,

Steve and I just learned of Tom's passing a couple of days ago. We are so terribly sorry for your loss, and our hearts go out to you, Henry and Lily. He was an exceptionally kind, thoughtful and generous man, and will be missed by so many. Your family will be in our prayers.

Tami and Steve Sutton

May 5, 2013

My heart goes out to you & your family during this difficult time. May God be with you & your family.
Bill Carroll
Formerly with JoS.A. Bank Clothier

Doug Blatt

April 17, 2013

Tom was a lifetime friend and a loyal Chi Psi brother. God's blessings to the family.

April 17, 2013

My condolences on the passing of Tom. We were cousins from the Bash side but I had not seen Tom for some time. The family has always been proud of Tom and his accomplishments. We are thinking of you. Sincerely, Wanda Bash Whitsitt

April 17, 2013

Tom was a great friend and a loyal Chi Psi Brother. God's Blessings. Doug Blatt

April 15, 2013

"Was a great human being who always had a positive outlook on life and treated people he worked with and known with dignitary and respect. He was a great fellow Salvation Army Board member. He will be missed by all his fellow Salvation Army Board members." Ross Marine, Kansas City Missouri

Dick & Terry Hetherington

April 15, 2013

Sara and Andy ,
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

April 14, 2013

Janet, Dianne and I read of Tom's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. I remember Tom as a man of integrity, commitment, and love all wrapped in a great sunny disposition. All that must have been true in order to pass your parent's muster. I truly enjoyed the photographs that were posted. It was like looking back into the Schumacher/Hansen albums. I have so many great memories of those times.
Our prayers go out to you, the kids and your entire family.

Gary and Dianne
Springfield, MO

Stephanie Watson

April 13, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He always entered our classroom with a smile on his face and warm, "Good Morning, Ms. Littooy!" If Tyler and I have a son someday, we want to name him Henry. Give those kids a big hug for me!

Betty Ost-Everley

April 13, 2013

Janet, Andrew and family - I very saddened to hear of Tom's death. Through his faithful work at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, I gained much respect for him and his passion to help others. May you be comforted with many, many memories.