H. Thomas Luetkemeyer

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H. Thomas Luetkemeyer, 94, of Belleville, IL, born July 31, 1928, in Belleville, IL, died on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Thomas served in the United States Army and is a Korean War Army Veteran. He was a longtime member and participant of the Shriners and a Mason.  Thomas had a passion for collecting, fixing, and selling Allis Chalmer tractors.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Betty L. Luetkemeyer, whom he married on May 8, 1954, and who died on January 1, 1999; his parents, Henry and Pearl, nee Cookson, Luetkemeyer; and a brother, Robert Luetkemeyer.

He is survived by his son, Thomas J. (Nita) Luetkemeyer; a grandson, Joshua Luetkemeyer; a sister, Dorris Martinez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Care Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2023, with a Masonic ritual starting at 10:30 a.m., at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL., with Pastor Doug Stewart officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


9 Comments on H. Thomas Luetkemeyer

Ron Mathis said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2023 at 7:24 PM

I only knew Tom for two days but we spent those days talking about tractors. It was a good time for me and I like to think Tom enjoyed it. What else would Tom talk about but tractors. I meet Tom at the Freeburg Care Center while my wife and I were visiting my mother in law. She and Tom shared some memories from about area farms from years ago. This was in 2022. After discussing tractors for several hours, I told Tom when I come back I was going to bring him something. On our next visit I brought Tom a big book on tractors of the world. A coffee table type book full of tractor photographs and specifications, starting with very early models up to 2015 or so. Tom said he never had a book that big. I swear Tom’s eyes lite up when he saw that book, he was like a kid at Christmas time. We sent several days and hours paging thru that book, pointing out features, designs and specs on almost every tractor. On our next visit I brought Tom a smaller, similar book, on tractors. However, this is when I learn that Tom was at Freeburg at this time. However, someone said they would be seeing Tom on the weekend and would give Tom the book. I hope he got to see it. I’ll miss him on our next visit but like the previous entrees stated, I’m sure Tom is driving a tractor around heaven.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Steve Breunig said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 10:29 PM

My sincere sympathies. Mr. Luetkemeyer was my Khoury League baseball coach many years ago. I always smiled when I crossed paths with him and reminisced. My prayers for him, Tommy and family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Evelyn D Fritz said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 8:05 PM

Tom was a sweet man and always a gentleman. He sure loved his SPECIAL tractors. We had dinner together, many many nights on a Tuesday and Friday night. He would always invite us to his farm, when Tommy Junior would make delicious Mulligan with his baseball team. That was always a fun day, Visiting with your friends out in the fresh air.

  • Belleville
  • IL
June Grab Benedick said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 3:20 PM

My sympathy on the passing of your dad. I didn’t personally know him, but I’m sure my parents Doris and Otto Grab knew him. I believe he worked on dad’s Allis Chalmers tractors over the years. My dad only drove AC’s for most of his years of farming.

  • Swansea
  • State
Roger Windsor said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 11:51 AM

Sorry ta see ,,, Your Dad Go Tom !!! No matter what ,,, he was always glad to see me !?!? Roger L. Windsor. 🚜 🚜 🚜

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Wendell Meyer said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2023 at 8:47 PM

I have known Tom for many years, because we always had coffee together in the morning.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Danene Rice said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2023 at 6:47 PM

Earth has lost an amazing and incredible man that I am honored to call my Uncle. Heaven has gained a true angle and he has been reunited with those who went before him. We all know that he got in trouble for riding that big ‘ole tractor into heaven! Making sure big orange Allis Chambers is well represented in heaven

  • Clearwater
  • Florida
David Valentine said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2023 at 5:30 PM

Tom love his All is Chambers tractors. We went to a lot of toy and tractor shows together. Every Tuesday we would pick a restaurant to go eat. Every year he would have a picinc out at his farm, oh how he enjoyed being out there. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jessica Huffman said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2023 at 4:37 PM

Tom was always such a sweet smiling face. He will be so very missed.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois

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