Ret. TSgt. Thomas Garland Stowe, 70, passed away on January 22, 2016. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 31 years and served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Tom was born on July 3, 1945 to Ret. MSgt. Richard and Dixie (Meade) Stowe in Springfield, Ohio. On December 24, 1966, he married the love of his life, Janice Clayton in Goodland, Kansas.

Tom was fond of converting antique cars into hot rods. He was also a master story teller and artist. He was a member of Eastside Church of Christ and attended Palmer High School, graduating in 1964. Tom was often known for his child-like spirit and boisterous nature. He loved making children happy, cared deeply for his family and had a knack for making people feel special. He was an inspiration to many.

While in the Air Force, Tom served as a distinguished master mechanic and aided with disaster preparedness. He received special distinction with the Red Horse Rapid Response Combat Engineer Squadron in Vietnam and was honored with the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Janice; daughters: Tammy (Dan) Hudson and Kandy (Judd) Pearce; siblings: Richard and John Stowe and Sharon Lambert. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Taylor, Justin, Mikayla, Bethany, Ryan and newest granddaughter yet to be born (due this May) for whom he’d always joyously sing, “I’m gonna be a grandpa again!”

Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. A funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. Interment and military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mountain States Children’s Home, 14780 North 107th Street, Longmont, Colorado 80504.

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