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Colonel Thomas A. Latzka – Obituary

Name: Colonel Thomas A. Latzka

Age: 86

Born: 11-05-1934

Died: 08-22-2021

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota



A time of visitation will be held for Colonel Thomas Albert Latzka, age 86 of Clearwater, MN, from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN.  He died on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Tom was born on November 5, 1934, in St. Cloud, MN, the son of Clarence and Alice (Fritz) Latzka.  He attended school in St. Cloud graduating from Cathedral High School in 1952.  He then went on to attend and graduate from St. John’s University in 1957.  He was united in marriage to Dolores “Dee” H. Moeller on December 24, 1965 at Fort Campbell, KY where he served in the US Army. He deployed to Vietnam soon after that as a company commander in the infantry and received a bronze star with valor. He retired from the army in 1989.

Tom also worked in real estate and as an appraiser. He loved the Mississippi river along which he lived. Tom was a follower of Jesus whom he loved most of all and also loved his neighbors, friends and family just as Jesus taught.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dennis.

He is survived by; his wife Dee of 55 years of Clearwater, MN; three children, Michael (Diana) of Spartanburg, SC,  Michelle (John) Bovy of Edina, MN, Maria (David) Ibach of Jacksonville, FL; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Nate) Mimms, Stephen and Matthew Latzka, Calvin, Lauren, and Anna Bovy, and Allison, Catherine and John Ibach; two sisters, Joyce Dolan and Gail (Barry) Franklin, all of California; three brothers, Mark (Patsy) Latzka, Jeff Latzka, and Kurt Latzka all of St. Cloud; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.


Guestbook for Colonel Thomas A. Latzka

Paul Calhoun
, Family friend
August 31, 2021, 6:12 pm
I'm so sorry for your loss in the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have so many great memories growing up with your family, I can't even begin to list them out. Tom will be missed!
Joyce Dolan
, Sister
August 27, 2021, 3:06 pm
Tommy, my older brother will always be loved in my heart. Will miss playing cribbage with him.
Robert Ruby
, cousin
August 26, 2021, 9:25 pm
Start to finish, Tom was my hero.
JoAlice Ruby
, Cousin
August 26, 2021, 8:15 pm
“Uncle Tom” to me, was a beautiful force of nature. A strong, tough exterior with the kindest and softest of hearts who would do anything for his family. His sense of humor was divine. I’ll miss him so, so much and will always appreciate the memories and support he gave to the Ruby family. I love you, Tom! See you someday around a roaring bonfire!
Gail & Barry (Latzka) Franklin
, Sister
August 26, 2021, 3:27 pm
Tommy was a brother who was a stabilizing force in our family. His wit a goofy sense of humor made us all laugh. He was so well read and knowledgeable about so many things. He gave great hugs. I will miss our Tommy so much.
Mary Wall
, Works at Westgate Family Physicians
August 25, 2021, 6:45 pm
Praying for your family during this time of great loss to you. Prayers for a peace and comfort that can only come from our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Tiffany Wells
August 25, 2021, 5:47 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of this great man! Please know staff at Westgate Family Physicians in Spartanburg SC continue to lift the family and friends of Mr. Latzka up to our Lord and Savior. May each of you feel his presence during this difficult time.
LTC Jack Karns
, Friend & Military Colleague
August 25, 2021, 5:17 pm
I worked for COL Latzka at Camp Ripley during the summers of the 1980s. He was a terrific commander and I will always be influenced by what I learned from him. We talked regularly and I will miss those conversations greatly.
Jeanne Erickson
, Family friend
August 25, 2021, 2:20 pm
Michelle and Dee: thinking of you and your family at this time. 🌹
Scott Maethner
, Friend
August 25, 2021, 1:12 am
I’m so sorry to hear this. I was part of a crew who were close Friends with Tom’s son Mike in the 80s and 90s. I will always remember the great hospitality we received at the Latzka home to include Dee’s excellent chocolate milkshakes and all the great times in “The Pit” including the ups and downs with the Twins and Vikings. Rest In Peace, Col Latzka. Thank you for your service to our Nation and for your friendship.

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