Thomas Joseph Linbeck

  • Died: March 4, 2019
  • Location: Bee Cave, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas Joseph Linbeck, 78, of Bee Cave, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Austin. Tom witnessed the birth of the Johnson Space Center in the 1960s. As a physicist, he worked on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. He played an instrumental role in the JSC Apollo Mission team that landed a man on the moon in 1969. Later he worked on the Apollo-Soyuz and Skylab programs, and supported the space shuttle missions as the Manager of the Mission Planning Lab. Tom also served 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department.

Tom's relentless curiosity about how things worked was apparent at a very early age when he disassembled the family radio, much to his mother's surprise. He did successfully reassemble it in short order though, and the family became proudly accustomed to the whiz kid in their midst. Later in life he enjoyed years of exploring the great outdoors with his family on camping trips and hikes through mountains and canyon trails.

He was an accomplished musician and vocalist, often sharing these God-given talents at church. He could not resist a vacant piano anywhere.

Tom was a humble man of deep faith and quiet dignity. He was most recently a member of Emmaus Catholic Parish in Lakeway, serving as Spiritual Director for CRHP. Before moving to Austin, he was a longtime member of St. Clare Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Olivia Linbeck, and his wife, Helen Gerecke Linbeck. He is survived by his wife, Nan Linbeck of Bee Cave; son, Joseph Linbeck of Houston; daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole and Ron Hill of League City, Tx and Janet and Chris Barkis of Vacaville, Ca.; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Bonnie Linbeck of Kemah, Tx; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Jane and Johnnie Faulkner of Kyle, Tx and Mary and George Chisolm of Ragley, La; and 5 grandsons, Joshua, Zachary, Stephen, Matthew, and Nicholas.

He is also survived by his much-loved stepsons and their families, Paul and Margaret Freudenburg of Spicewood; Troy Freudenburg and Xan Wood; Scott Freudenburg and Melissa Gus; his step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Emmaus Catholic Parish in Lakeway, Tx. The memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Clear Lake City, followed by a graveside service at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.

The family asks if you wish to make a donation to honor Tom, it be sent to Emmaus Catholic Church, in care of the building fund. The address is 1718 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway, Texas 78734. Phone 512-261-8500


Condolence & Memory Journal

May the family be comforted during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   June 13, 2019

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by A. H. - NC   March 20, 2019

To the Linbeck family,
My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort knowing that those who die, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes.
Psalm 116:15

Posted by Your neighbor.. - TX   March 19, 2019

A kind and thoughtful heart, you will be missed, my friend. Love to you and your family. Sending hugs and all my love to your family, and my dearest Nan. -Love, Doc XOXOXOXOXO

Posted by Jackie Chow - AUSTIN, TX - friend   March 10, 2019

No words can ease your pain; your tears, they fall like rain. Be at peace dear friend, for you will see Tom again! God bless you always. Much love, Selina Mirza

Posted by Selina Mirza - Austin, TX - friend   March 10, 2019

To the Memory of a Great Man. With Love,Respect and Honor. We will always cherish the laughs and memories made with Big Guy. We will see you on the other side and will be listening for your beautiful music!! Love, Troy and Xan

Posted by Troy and Xan Freudenburg - Bayou Vista, TX - Family   March 09, 2019

Going to miss you dear cousin. We were all so close growing up and attending St. Christopher Catholic School together You introduced me to Butch when you were and St.Thomas High School, and we were married almost 55 years when he died. Hope the two of you are having a good time in Heaven

Posted by Cathy (Linbeck) Filer - Oklahoma City, OK   March 09, 2019

Nan, Mike & Bonnie, Mary and George, Jane and Johnny,

I am sorry for your loss. We will miss him and his music


Posted by A friend   March 09, 2019

Very sorry to hear of our loss.......
Tom and i played music at St. Luke's in the 70's and 80's.......

Posted by Dale Denais - Kerrvillle, TX   March 08, 2019

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