Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be in Union Cemetery in Saline County. Memorials may be made to Missouri Valley College or Union Cemetery in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Thomas was born Jan. 25, 1947, to the late M.A. (Pug) and Dorothy Probst Gauldin. He married Vicki Gilkey in August of 1967 at First Baptist Church in Marshall and she survives of the home. He was a 1965 graduate of Marshall High School, attended Missouri Valley College and graduated with degrees in English, economics and math from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He became one of the youngest ever Certified Mortgage Bankers in 1976. He started his career at Herbert B. Jones in Kansas City, later working at Mulic and Waterfield and retired from First Federal Savings and Loan.
Thomas and Vicki were blessed with two children, now adults, Chris Gauldin of Austin, Texas, and Sara Gauldin of Raleigh, N.C.; two granddaughters, Penny and Nikki Gauldin; and one grandson, Tommy Gauldin.
The world saw Tom as a prankster, and he worked hard at portraying that image. He was known for his sense of humor which was expressed in a variety of ways, some of which will be floating around the Internet forever, especially his story about giving his wife a haircut using a Flowbee. But those who got to know him a bit better saw the incredible sweetness in him. In 1967, he married a girl he'd known since childhood. The years had their ups and downs, but his love and affection for her were always obvious. They raised two children, and between them, those children have three of their own. Tom clearly adored them. He lit up whenever he talked about them and doted on them all.
Tom managed to maintain close contact with childhood friends in spite of distance and decades that had intervened. Tom and Vicki were either going to visit someone or expecting out of town visitors. He was the most loyal of friends.
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