Tom was born on November 25, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. He came to Minnesota at age 2, following a bout with pneumonia, and lived with his Aunt Roma (Jennings-Kent) and Uncle Bill Kent along with Grandmother Wendelen (Wanda) Trossauer in New Richland and moved to Onamia, where he grew up and attended school. He left school to work road construction, working his way up to foreman. He owned and operated a service station on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis for a time and returned to road construction.
From 1985 to 1989, he owned and operated a service station in Dalbo and also began mowing lawns on the side.
He was united in marriage with Sandra in January of 1991, at Milaca. He went to work with Smith Systems in Princeton and worked there until they closed up shop in 2002. He continued mowing lawns for the Pine Brook Inn, the Mystic Inn, the Hi-Way Inn, King Cemetery and a number of residential customers until the time of his death.
His ongoing hobby was prepping his equipment for the next mowing job.
Tom is survived by his wife Sandy of Princeton; daughters Donda Forschen of Princeton and Wendy Thompson of Front Royal, Va; grandchildren Travis Schneider, Jordan Forschen, Jacob Forschen, Jessica Forschen, Ricky Forschen, Randall Fix II and Thomas M. (Michael) Thompson; sister Wanda Camarena of Champlin; brothers Billy (Margaret) Kent, Robert (Marge) Kent, Fred Kent and sister Barbara Powell, all of Onamia; sisters Linda Kent of Isanti and Lori Kent of Princeton.
A service was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton. Interment was in King Cemetery, Princeton.