Tom was born and raised in Gorham, KS and attended St May’s Catholic Grade School then graduated from Gorham Rural Highs School in 1964. He attended Fort Hays Kansas State College graduating with a BS in Math in 1968. He has worked mostly in Ag related businesses during his career in Sales and Sales Management and retired from John Deere Corporation in October of 2012. Since retirement he has been helping farmers in the area with their trucking needs and served the local Catholic Church in Dorrance, KS as a board member. He has worked closely with the National Catholic Rural Life organization as well as the local Salina Diocese CRL organization. He loves taking time with his wife, four children, nine grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.