A great husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Thomas Richard Littlefield of St. Jacob, IL, took his Heavenly flight on Monday, March 13, 2023 at the age of 84 years old.
Brothers and sisters include Percy (Skip) Jr., Peg, Doris and Chuck; half-brothers and sisters, Judy, Rick, Berdie, Connie, Herman, Tonya, Velvet and Ronnie.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Riebold.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his son-in-law, Russell Riebold; sons, Tim (De) Littlefield and Scott Littlefield; grandchildren, Amy (Derrick), Eric (Courtney), Kayla (Jered), Kyle (Margaret) Kelli, Danielle and Sammy; great-grandchildren, Alex, Damian, Maylee, Elvie, Kara, Sera, Olive and Hazel; grand dog, Mya; and ex daughter-in-law, Kerri Kelly. He is also survived by daughters, Julie Ann (Dennis) Hight and Karen (Glen) Godwin; a son, Brian (Sherry) Littlefield; grandchildren, Anthony, Tonya, Joel, Mandy and Ben; great-grandchildren, Deshawn, Aaliyah, Amy, Parker and Juliette; great-great-grandchild; Braylynn; and many other family members including nieces and nephews.
Tom enlisted into the US Air Force at a young age in 1955, where he became a flight engineer and mechanic. He served worldwide including two tours in Vietnam. After twenty years in the military, he proudly retired as a Master Sergeant in 1975. Following retirement, he held several mechanic positions, including JF Electric and even running his own repair shop for several years.
He enjoyed raising and showing horses, along with the occasional trail ride. With his wife, Caroline, they proudly started the not-for-profit, “Tina’s Angels”, a charity based around horses that provide therapeutic experiences for children with disabilities.
He treasured time with his friends and family, especially the competitive Uno games with his grandchildren during the holidays. When he wasn’t surrounded by loved ones, he could often be found listening to classic country or gospel music, He was also known to be one heck of a swing dancer.
His faith ran deep in God and Christ as his savior. Tom’s loving and generous spirit continues to touch lives. It was his desire that when he passed on, if he could help improve or even save someone’s life through scientific research, we would honor and respect his wishes. Funeral services will be scheduled at a later date with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Aebischer-Richeson Funeral Home, St. Jacob, IL