Thomas E. Schlafer, 62

Thomas Edward Schlafer, age 62, of Winsted, passed away at his home Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials can be made to No Dog Left Behind or your favorite dog rescue charity.

Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Tom was born in Minneapolis, the fourth child of Harwood and Audrey (Lindstrom) Schlafer. Just three minutes later, his lifetime best friend and other half, his twin brother, Gerry, was born.

Tom was nicknamed “Doc” due to his job as a paramedic. He also later retired from Lester Buildings in Lester Prairie.

He was a fanatical Vikings fan; game days were sacred. Tom was also a dog lover and fostered 37 dogs for No Dog Left Behind, and several dogs for Midwest Animal Rescue Services (MARS). He was the life of the party and always had a joke, or two, to tell.

Tom is survived by his children: Justin (Amy) Schlafer of Alta, IA, and Lexi Schlafer of West Des Moines, IA; grandsons, Alex and Dane Schlafer; siblings Vicki (Bob) Heavirland of North Branch, Paul (Dianne) Schlafer of Hendersonville, TN, James (Diana) Schlafer of Minneapolis, and Carol Jackson (Ron Liebelt) of Deephaven, along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and dog friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harwood and Audrey; and his other half, twin brother, Gerald “Gerry.”

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