Thomas Henry Franssen

Thomas Henry Franssen, 62, passed away on Thursday, January 18th, 2024, in Houston, Texas. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 17th, 1961, to Henry and Patrica Franssen.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kari Lynn Franssen; daughters, Lauren Elder and Kaci Franssen; mother, Patricia Franssen; sister, Diane Schowalter; brothers, Gary Franssen and Mark Franssen; granddaughter, Olivia Elder, and numerous family members and friends.

He earned a degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and worked as a Project Manager for Boeing for almost 35 years and, more recently, Onyx Aerospace. He had a passion for the work that he contributed to the International Space Station. He loved to travel, particularly cruising, and spending time with his family. Many memories were made around campfires and kitchen tables; smoking cigars, enjoying gin and tonics, and playing games with family.

Thomas always had a smile on his face. He was kind, caring, always ready to laugh and joke, and loved his family more than anything. He was adored by his children and left a lasting impact on everyone he met.

Public visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Crowder Funeral Home, located at 111 W. Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598. A Funeral Service will be held at 5:00 PM at the same location. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Thomas’s memory may do so to Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.


  1. Tom definitely left a warm, bright and lasting impression. He was a great man and friend. He will be sorely missed. We are so privileged to have known him. Rest in Peace sweet man. Love, Tom & Tracy Kundert

    Tom & Tracy Kundert
  2. I always love working with Tom. He took me on more different travel with sereval Vendors and loved working with him. Rest in Peace Tom, I will really will miss your smile.

    Willis J. DeWitt Jr.
  3. I met Tom in the fall of 1986 when I first came to Boeing Wichita. We bowled on the same league. Over the years we each moved to different projects and locations but some how always seemed to run into each other.
    Always a smile no matter the situation in every way A good man. We are less with out him.

    My thoughts and prayers for him and his family.

    Mark D Larsen
  4. A great friend I will sorely miss. God’s calling came way too early for Tom, but we must trust that he knows what is best. Humility and Kindness are two virtues that first come to mind when I think about Tom. Plus, he was wicked smart! We created some great memories camping with our daughters in the YMCA Indian Princess program. His Potawatomi tribe call name was “Mighty Moose”. We also golfed, smoked cigars, and even got gate passes for a fun weekend in Vegas. Goodbye Mighty Moose. We will golf again in Heaven. I hear the bourbon is well aged up there. God Bless.

    Jerry Moch
  5. Tom was a neighbor of mine for over 20 years. Had the pleasure of watching his daughters grow up thru the years. Walked his dog Toby every morning, every night. Always a smile on his face, and that is how I will remember him by!! RIP Tom! You will be missed!! My thoughts and prayers for Kari, Lauren and Kaci!!

    Larry Mouser
  6. I met Tom thru the Indian program at the YMCA. I always enjoyed going on camping trips with him and our daughters. He was a genuinely great person and will be missed.

    Jeff Gillis
  7. To Tom’s family my deepest sympathy and prayers and hugs. Tom was a cool cousin! Hugs to all.

    The flesher family
  8. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Tom at Boeing. He would challenge me and make me laugh. Prayers for your family.

    Pam Lyde
  9. Tom was my cubicle buddy at Boeing and I never saw him without a smile or a warm greeting!
    Very smart man and he will be missed!!

    Kaylyn Armstrong
  10. I worked with Tom many years. He was a great engineer. He was well liked and easy to work with. He gave you the hard truth, tempered with a joke and a smile. He will be missed.

    Casey Adams

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