Tom L. Hand

March 17, 1941May 2, 2021

Tom L. Hand, 80 of Kansas City, MO, passed away on May 2, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was born on March 17, 1941 in Herington, KS to Albert and Laura Mae (Schell) Hand. After graduating from Herington High School in 1959, Tom served four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the School of Banking at the Univ. of Wisconsin and the Commercial/Consumer Banking School at the Univ. of Nebraska. Tom started his 35 year banking career with Universal C.I.T. in Junction City, KS. He then moved to Kansas City in 1968 to join Laurel Bank that later merged with American Bank. His career took him next to Mazuma Credit Union from which he retired in 2003. He had several banking affiliations during his career including the American Institute of Banking, American Bankers Assoc., and NACM. During retirement he studied in the extension unit at the Univ. of Missouri and earned a Master Gardener’s Certification. He was an active volunteer of the Master Gardeners fundraising projects including its plant sales and garden tours and projects at the Wornall House, Loose Park, Harvesters Community Garden, and the Hosta Society of greater KC. He married his longtime friend, Barbara, in 1995 and they enjoyed many vacation Caribbean resorts and long distance road trips to visit friends. They also enjoyed gardening, dining at new restaurants, and hosting the best dinner parties with close friends. Tom supported many local organizations including the Kansas City Symphony, the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, KCPT, and the KC Blood Bank. He held two honorary positions that he cherished with pride, chairman of Twin City Tavern Boys at the bar and Mayor of the neighborhood garden on Wyoming Street. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters from a previous marriage, Laura Hand, of Independence and Tracy Bridges of Warrensburg; grandchildren, Jaime Lingholm, Matthew Bridges, Jason Bridges, Debbie Hamilton, Jacqueline Williams, Christopher Williams; great-grandchildren Lilly Bridges, Abby Bridges, Charlotte Bridges, Blakely Bridges, Autumn Lingholm, Daniel Lingholm, Tanyell Williams, Tatyana Washington, NaDaza Williams, Jakia Gibson, Brent Blackman, Dystania Hamilton, Donzell Hamilton, Niza Hamilton; great-great-granddaughter, Aisha Drew; and his cairn terrier, Bailey. Private funeral services at a later date.


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Debbie Banks

May 7, 2021

Tom was my manager when I worked for Mazuma Credit Union in the Federal Building. I missed the first half of work one day after having had one too many with some other ladies after work the evening before. This was a rarity for me, which Tom knew. He delighted in buying me a get well card at the gift shop and having everyone in the office sign it. We had a great laugh over it when I arrived and found it on my desk! He was so kind and a great boss. My condolences to his family.

Meredith Klamm

May 6, 2021

Worked several Master Gardener Plant Sales with Tom. Always calm and helpful. He has now gone to that great garden in the sky!

Joe Pagenkopf

May 6, 2021

I only knew Tom for a few years as my neighbor, and I admired him so much. He helped me out with my garden, and supplied me with gorgeous morning glories. I plan on growing them again this year in his memory. Rest In Peace, Tom, you were such a cool guy.

Mary Byrne

May 6, 2021

I will miss seeing Tom and Bailey as they walked past my house most days. I was shocked to read of his death.

Liz & Pat Daniels

May 6, 2021

Mr. T- Our dear Renaissance friend loved by so many- you’ve left a huge hole in our lives & all too soon! Our hearts are heavy, but we will treasure our memories of the joyful times we were able to be with you and Barb.
A remarkable man- we love you.
Miss you more than words can tell.
Liz & Pat

Laura Hand

May 5, 2021

My dad will be missed by alot of people especially by me and my sister tracy . We all have good memory's daddy I miss you and love you rest in heaven daddy

Charles Hauber

May 5, 2021

Tom. Will be missed You work at the same company mazuma credit Union I worked in the mail Room and he was one of the executives My prayers go out to him and his family

Helen Miller

May 5, 2021

Sorry , to hear of Tom's death. I remember him as a friendly person , always took the time to say hello. I know you had many joyful times together. Seems you and Tom were always on the train to Chicago when I was going to visit my granddaughter. May those good memories will help you through your grief.
Helen Miller

Jerry Waylan

May 4, 2021

Tom, Johnny Singleton and I joined the Navy together in June 1959. We had subsequent reunions and have many memories to recall.