Thomas A. Heim
February 25, 1943 – October 10, 2023
Family will receive friends Sunday, October 15th from 2:00PM – 4:ooPM at West Center Chapel with a Vigil Service at 4 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, October 16th, 10AM at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church
Thomas Anthony Heim was born to Charles and Elma Heim on February 25, 1943. Tom was the middle boy of his brothers, Charles Edward, David, Michael, and Peter. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes and Creighton Prep schools, graduating in 1961. One of his fondest memories was playing against Gale Sayers in Nebraska’s greatest high school football game, Omaha Central vs. Creighton Prep, in 1960.
As a small boy, Tom loved to take toys apart and then figure out how to put them back together, a sure reflection of his future career path in engineering. Tom graduated in 1965 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, with a degree in mechanical engineering. Early in his career he worked for Leo A Daly architectural firm; however, he spent most of his career with Western Electric (AT&T, Lucent, Avaya). He worked in the factory engineering department supporting major equipment that manufactured cable. Working for Western Electric was a family affair; his children, son-in-law, and brother, Pete, were employed there and that is where he met and fell in love with his second wife, Jeanette. During his career, he had the opportunity to live both in Atlanta, Georgia, and Australia, while working for Western Electric.
Tom and his first wife, Cheryl, had two children together, Sean and Megan. With Sean, he loved to hunt, build, and fix things together, go on cruises planned by daughter-in-law Michelle, and watch his grandchildren, Austin and McKenna, play sports. With Megan, he coached her soccer team, passed on his engineering gene, golfed with her husband Chris, and enjoyed visits with his grandchildren, Hayden and Blake. Tom married his second wife, Jeanette, on October 6, 2001. They loved to golf together, travel, go to car shows, go skiing in Colorado, watch Husker football games at Tommora and Bill’s house, and spend quality time with their family and friends.
Tom was kind, caring, and enjoyed getting to know people. He was always willing to help others. Tom loved playing sports, golfing and hunting with his brothers and friends, being a prankster, fixing things, helping others, taking pictures, attending family reunions in Leavenworth, Kansas, hosting holiday family celebrations, going to breakfast with his friends, and traveling with his wife and family. He cherished all his family and friends and loved making and recollecting special memories with them. Tom will forever be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, brother, son, uncle, cousin, and friend.
He is survived by wife, Jeanette; children, Sean Heim (Michelle) and Megan Walker (Chris); grandchildren: Austin and McKenna Heim and Hayden and Blake Walker; step-children: Tommora Shaw (William), Robert Elliott, and Holly Daugherty; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in laws: David Heim, Michael Heim (Kristy), and Peter Heim (Diane); many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elma Heim; brother, Charles Edward Heim; sister-in-law, Shirley Heim; nephew, Robert Heim; and former wife, Cheryl Heim.