Tom Philip Dahlstrom (1954-2021)

Tom Philip Dahlstrom, age 66, passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Buda, Texas.

He is reunited in heaven with his 2 daughters, Sarah Lorraine Dahlstrom who left us in 1996, and Layla Dahlstrom Adams who left us in 2010; his parents, Charles & Peggy Dahlstrom, and his sister Joyce Marie Gaddis.

Survivors include his granddaughter Casady and husband Tucker Click, two great-grandbabies Layla Kate & Axton Brice Click all of Lingleville, Texas; brother Carl and wife Donna Dahlstrom of Buda; brother Roy and wife Ruth Dahlstrom of Austin; niece Erica Shield of Austin; niece Leigh Anne Dahlstrom of Bastrop; nephew Scott and wife Shannon of Buda; niece Lisa and husband Thomas Rux of San Antonio; niece Kiley Ramos of Bastrop; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and extended family.

Tom P. Dahlstrom, was born July 18, 1954 in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Del Valle High School in 1972. He enrolled in Southwest Texas State University in the Fall of 1972 and committed to serve his country through the US Air Force in 1973 and was honorably discharged in 1976. Tom was modeled by his parents the love for country, community and family.

Tom’s greatest joy in life was to be a Dad and a Granddad. He lived in downtown Buda and worked for Pedernales Electric Cooperative dedicating over 28 years of service retiring in 2011. After retiring from PEC, he became the primary caretaker of his parents in Fredericksburg and volunteered as the caretaker of Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca, Texas where he provided devotion and service to those who lost their loved ones.

He was the family historian and loved genealogy and history. His research found that our GGGGrandfather, John Gladden King, fought in the Battle of Medina in 1813 and King’s son, William Philip King, went in his father’s place as one of “The Immortal 32” from Gonzales who answered Col. William Travis’ letter from the Alamo. William Philip King, who was Tom’s name sake, was the youngest Alamo defender and died serving his country manning a canon on the Alamo wall. Tom was proud and honored for our family to be a direct descendent of “The Immortal 32” and an Alamo Defender.

Tom joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans, through Col. Sydney Drake Jackman Camp No. 977 as a direct descendant of Major Lee Russell of the 22nd North Carolina Infantry. He served many years as the Camp Commander.

He loved quiet walks, collecting arrowheads and kept a beautiful collection. Tom was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. His legacy of loyalty and his knowledge and quiet disposition will be missed greatly. His final resting place will be next to his beloved daughter, Sarah, at Masonic Cemetery on Circle S in Austin, Texas. Pallbearers are Scott Dahlstrom, Ty Dahlstrom, Robert Dahlstrom, Tim Dahlstrom, Blaze Hatchett and Miguel Ramos Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are Axton Click, Huxley Hatchett, Parker Rux and Mack Crow.  

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Harrell Funeral Home of Kyle, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, TX 78640. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00 AM.  Condolences may be sent to: www.harrellfuneralhomes.com.

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