June 13, 1943 - June 4, 2013
Donor, North Dakota
Tom devoted his life to serving others. He loved his family and was an inspiration to all he met. Serving his country in the U.S. Army during the VietNam War, he was a chaplin’s assistant. This suited his warm nature and won him numerous friends. He continued to serve others throughout his more than 30 years in law enforcement as a street sergeant and detective supervisor. Fellow officers and those whom he came in contact with admired his sense of fairness and respect for people on both sides of the law. He was actively involved with his Shrine lodge, giving many hours of service for crippled children. Tom was a huge fan of his state football team, the Bison. He seldom missed a game and enjoyed the fellowship of his tailgateing buddies. He adored his children and grand children, and carried photos of them in his billfold, showing and bragging to all who would listen! Following his retirement, he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Kathleen . They had 21 wonderful years together. They moved back to his hometown where he learned to ride horses, fix fence, drive tractor, and thoroughly enjoyed the cats, dogs, and other critters on the farm. He soon began a second career with the US Marshall’s office as a court security officer. He was an avid reader, and was well informed on all current topics. Those that knew him admired his sense of humor, and positive attitude. Deeply spiritual, he was thoughtful and kind to everyone.
Tom would be most proud that he could continue to help others through his donation. His spirit lives on in those that love him.
With love, your wife and family