Thomas Landvatter

Thomas Frederick Landvatter

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Thomas F. Landvatter, 86, of West Bend passed away on Monday, May 18.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Annette; children, Becky (Mark) Hausmann, Scott (Edith) Landvatter; Step-Children Elizabeth (Brian) Sterling and David Perretz; seven wonderful grandchildren Thomas (Elizabeth) Landvatter, Bronwyn Landvatter, Callie (Peter) Helfrich, Kelsey Hausmann, Max Hausmann, Blake Sterling and Logan Sterling; and two amazing great-grandchildren (Susie, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth) and (Owen, son of Callie and Peter). He is also survived by his sisters Sally Zell and Mary (Phil) Yahr; along with many nieces and nephews. Tom is preceded in death by his late wife Betty (nee White); by his parents, Fred and Ruby (nee Charlebois) Landvatter; brother, Richard Landvatter and his wife Elizabeth Landvatter; his sister Charlotte Rosenberger and his brother in law Stanley Zell.

Tom was a lifelong resident of West Bend and was a mainstay of the area business community for many decades. Tom was born August 31, 1933. After attending West Bend High School Tom served in the US Army from 1951-1955 where he was stationed in West Germany. Tom then returned home and joined his father in the family business of Landvatter’s Radio and TV Service.

Following a brief time away from the business, Tom re-established the company as Landvatters in 1973 when he purchased it from his father Fred. Though he did some retail, he is best known for the business communication and closed circuit television systems that he designed and installed at many area companies and establishments. Those who knew and worked with Tom know that he valued the personal friendships that he developed just as much as the business itself.

Following heart bypass surgery Tom sold the business in 2000. At the time he told the West Bend News that “There’s only two people I have ever worked with where I haven’t been self-employed – the five years for another company and Uncle Sam. It (being your own boss) gives you a sense of achievement that you yourself were responsible for everything. You felt good about doing a job and doing it right.” The idea of doing a job right was at the heart of Tom’s life philosophy.

Tom loved the City of West Bend and spent many years actively involved in the local Kiwanis club where he served as President of Kiwanis Club 1992-1993; In 1993, he was awarded the Meritorious Award for his outstanding and dedicated service to the community. In 2000, Tom was awarded the George F. Hixon Fellowship Award. The George F. Hixson Fellowship Award is named for Kiwanis International’s first president, Hixson, Fellowships are awarded to people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis’ history of generosity. In fact, clubs and Kiwanians often give in honor of another person or organization—recognizing others’ help and commitment. In 2017, Tom was awarded Kiwanian of the Year by the West Bend Early Risers Club.

More recently Tom was involved in the American Legion Post 36 where in 2017 he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his Chairmanship of the Flag Memorial and Dedication.

In 2019, Tom received a Certificate of Appreciation from the students and staff of the West Bend High Schools honoring Veterans who were former graduates.

Tom also pursued his hobbies of photography and gardening. His gardening acumen won him The Mayor’s Beautification Award from the city of West Bend in September of 2005.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday July 10th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend) with Rev. Clarissa Martinelli presiding. Visitation will be from 10:30 am until 12:45pm. Cemetery Service and full Military Honors to follow at Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to West Bend Kiwanis Early Risers (P.O. Box 501, West Bend, WI 53095) in memory of Tom.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 10:30am - 1:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 10:30am - 1:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 1:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 West Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant: Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
  • Interment

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 2:00pm
    Washington County Memorial Park
    3358 W Paradise Dr
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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mary moll

Posted at 01:20pm
Tom was always a special part of the West Bend community. Thanks for all that he has done including helping to elect Glenn Grothman, the Kiwanis projects and e ven seeing him at McDonalds. Our lives are always made better by people who are involved.

Jon & Diane Kiel

Posted at 10:00am
To Annette and family, Our deepest Sympathies. I was President of Kiwanis Early Risers, last year, & Tom volunteered to be our Greeter. He was always willing to help as he could and never missed an opportunity to voice his opinion. He was faithful to the USA as a Veteran. He made sure we had the Flag raised in proper etiquette. Thank You Tom for being in our lives and a valuable member of Kiwanis. Jon & Diane Kiel..

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