In Memory of

Thomas James Triplett

June 16, 1934 - August 3, 2019
From: Sutherland, IA
Thomas James Triplett

Thomas James Triplett

Born: June 16, 1934
Died: August 3, 2019
Age: 85

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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.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland.

A Military Flag Presentation will conducted by American Legion Post #152 of Sutherland following the services at the church.
Pastor LeRoy Riemer
Drew Triplett - Annika Reyes
Brennen Triplett - Jennifer Booz
Tara Kneuker - Craig Triplett
Ryan Triplett - Courtney Orstad
          Danielle Alger
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 7th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland.
"I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry"
By Rebecca Triplett

"How Great Thou Art"
"Just As I Am"
"Go My Children, With My Blessings"
By The Congregation

Burial will be at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland, Iowa privately prior to the services.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 8:15 AM
“I am sorry for your loss! My sisters & I loved to be teased by Tom.when they were working on the farm with my dad. He will be missed.”
- Cindy Lindahl
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12:17 PM
“ Thoughts and prayers. Many happy childhood memories(our parents were cousins)”
- Shirley Hicks Kinsley
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:35 PM
“God's comfort and peace to Arlene and family at this time of sorrow.”
- Richard and Euena (Jebsen)Hill
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:58 PM
“My sympathy to the family. Keep those memories close!”
- Ardie McCormack
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:32 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of grief and remembrance. God bless you all and may he keep you all in his care.”
- Lori Leonard Magnuson
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:22 PM
“Tom was the kindest man and always had a smile. So sorry for your loss”
- Mark and Jo Horstmann
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:46 PM
“Tom was a great friend and work partner. He will truly be missed.”
- Dennis Magnussen
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Tom played a big part in the history of Sutherland and in all the people his presence touched along the way. I know he still lives in the hearts and minds of us all. His biggest legacy will be Family, of which I played only a small
part, I'm truly grateful I did.
God bless to you all !”
- David Moyer
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:52 PM
“So sorry to hear Tom's passing, you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Lynn McDaniel Petersen
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:55 AM
“Dear Family
I would offer my deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one. May God’s spirit be of comfort to all
Jim Johannsen ”
- James Johannsen
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 7:46 AM
“I am so sorry to here of Tom's passing he will be greatly missed you are in our thoughts and prayers ”
- Carol Johnson
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