Thomas J. Triplett, the son of James Eugene and Inez Burdeen (Haye) Triplett, was born June 16, 1934 in Primghar, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in rural Sutherland, where he attended Waterman #1 Country School and finished his education at Sutherland Consolidated High School. After his schooling, he entered the U.S. Army at Camp Chaffee in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. While there, Tom married Arlene Giese on December 24, 1952. He was sent to South Korea, where he served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1954. After his discharge, they moved back to Sutherland.
Tom began his career in farming in 1955. They were blessed with 4 children: Darryl, Jeff, Blaine and Kay. He continued farming until his retirement in 2001. He also worked as a Crop Adjuster for Nau from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. He was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, where he was on the Church council and ushered. He was also a member of the American Legion, where he was a past commander. He also served on the REC Board for many years. His greatest love was his family, especially going to all of their activities and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved fishing, dancing, his country, playing cards, sports and socializing.
Tom passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Gertrude; a son, Blaine and a daughter-in-law, Joni.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene of Hartley; his children: Darryl and his wife, Jean of Primghar, IA, Jeff and his wife, Jodi of Sutherland, IA, Kay Sholly and her husband, David of Hartley, IA; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two sisters: Jackie Waggoner of Sutherland and Janice Plumanns of Sun City, CA; other relatives and many friends.
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