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Terry L. Thoms

Terry Leonard Thoms, age 70, passed away recently in Joplin, MO after a long illness. He was born to Leonard and Arlene Thoms on May 30, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Terry attended Emerson Grammar School, Axtell Park Junior High then Washington High School before attending Sioux Falls College (University of Sioux Falls) where he graduated Cum Laude.

He worked several years for the State and Federal governments as a nursing home inspector. He also worked for many years in the automotive industry.

Survivors include: son, Todd Thoms of Joplin, MO; daughter, Tami (Jeff) Leslie of Webb City, MO; a grandson, Taylor Leslie in addition to brothers Ted and Thomas B. Thoms of Sioux Falls and many other relatives from the Brown and Thoms familes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Timothy M. Thoms.

Terry possessed a positive outlook on life and a great sense of humor even in the midst of challenges.

A memorial service will be held in Sioux Falls, SD on Memorial Day Weekend, 2014.


by Jeff Leslie 9/6/2013

I sometimes feel that I am like a seedling

Not fully formed to what I'm born to be

Growing in the air beneath the heavens

Just waiting for the day that I break free.

I've felt the force of wind and stormy weather.

I've felt at peace but not like I belong.

For I believe that life beyond is better,

Where after death my soul will carry on.

And when I bloom and burst through heaven's boundary

To take my place with those who bloomed before,

Surrounded by an Eden unimagined

I'll glorify the Lord forevermore.

Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 13, 2013
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