Thomas L. “Tommy” Vilkanskas III, infant son of TJ and Lori Vilkanskas, died June 8, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Tommy was born May 29, 2019, at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, with anencephaly and outlasted the most optimistic predictions of 48 hours.

Tommy is survived by his loving parents and four siblings: Kaitlyn, Davis, Vivian and his twin Lillian of the home; and his grandparents: Tom and Debbie Vilkanskas of Manhattan, and Paul and Margie Gruenbacher of Andale, KS.

Private family graveside services were held at Sunrise Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

The family request no flowers or gifts but request that those that would like to can make a donation to the Daniel Keating Foundation in Tommy’s honor. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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