Tom Umlauf, age 88, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2023. He was born in Muncy, Pennsylvania and graduated from Muncy High School where he played football. He went on to serve as a weatherman in the Navy in San Diego, Hong Kong, and Japan. Later, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom and his spouse Maureen (deceased) moved to St. Louis in 1960 and lived in the Central West End for 36 years.
Tom was an entrepreneur and had a very successful career in the steel industry. He began his career at U.S. Steel and worked at Southern Iron, Hammert’s Iron Works, Stupp Bros. Inc and served as the President of Levinson Steel.
He had many hobbies including golf, fishing, hunting, and shooting at the range. He got his private pilot’s license in his 50’s and enjoyed many visits to the Air Show in Oshkosh Wisconsin. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinal’s fan and was able to witness several World Series Wins over the years. He also enjoyed hanging out with friends at O’Connell’s pub on Friday evenings.
Tom was a humble, kind man with a great sense of humor. Tom was always described as a “special guy,” and made friends wherever he lived and worked. He loved dogs and enjoyed spending time with his rescue Shih Tzu Mookie.
He was a devoted father, grandfather, and husband to his spouse, Maureen for 63 years.
He is survived by his daughter Christy Moberly, son-in-law, Michael, son Steve, daughter-in-law Hope Knight, grandson Steven, sister-in-law Joy and nephew Kelly Mason. He was preceded in death by his spouse Maureen, brother Bob and parents Robert and Josephine.
We are grateful to the staff at Clarendale Clayton for their support during Tom’s brief stay in their independent living apartments. And we sincerely appreciate the outstanding care provided by the doctors and nurses at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
A private family service will be held celebrating Tom’s life and legacy.