Mr. Thomas R. Judd, 72, of North Vernon, Indiana, met his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 10. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife by his side.
Born in Seymour, Indiana, Tom was the son of the late Ralph and Mamie (Clark) Judd. On May 28, 1977 he married Marian “Tina” Rothring who survives.
Tom knew he wanted to be an educator by the time he was in first grade. After graduating from Jennings County High School, he went on to earn his degree in Math Education from Florence State (now known as the University of North Alabama). He later earned his M.S. and Ed.S. from Indiana University. Over the course of his 44 year career in education, he was a math teacher and Assistant Principal at North Vernon Junior High School, Principal of Crothersville Junior Senior High School, Principal of Hayden Elementary School, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for Jennings County Schools, Superintendent for Orleans Community Schools, and Superintendent for Medora Community School Corporation. He was also Project Director of High School Initiatives for Ivy Tech Columbus and taught several graduate courses at IUPUC. Tom was the personification of “find a job you love and never work a day in your life”. As much as he loved education his true passion was sharing God’s Word. Not only did he share God’s love, kindness, grace, and mercy; he lived it every day. Upon retirement from education Tom became the Minister at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church where he served until the time of his passing.
Always eager to help the community, Tom had served on several committees throughout the years. He had been a board member of the Schneck Foundation, Mental Health Association of Jackson County, Anchor House, and Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy; a member of Sertoma, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Gideons International, and the Foster Grandparent Advisory Board. He was a founding member of God’s Squad while serving as the Youth Minister at the First United Methodist Church in North Vernon. In 1990, the Indiana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals named him District 9 Principal of the Year. He was an inductee into the Little Hoosiers Hall of Fame. He was a Foster Grandparent at Emerson Elementary and a founding member of the White’s Chapel Easter egg hunt for children with special needs.
Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and singing at local churches and retirement homes. He never missed an episode of The Big Bang Theory and would gladly share with you the best restaurants in the U.S. based on his past travels. He was an avid LA Dodgers fan and watched every second of their 2020 World Series win.
Tom is survived by his wife of 43 years, Tina Judd; daughters, Megan (A.J.) Lindsey, and Emily (Chad) Armuth; grandchildren, Nicholas Lindsey, Cyrus Lindsey, Emerson Lindsey, Harrison Armuth, Judd Armuth, Anna Armuth, and Parker Armuth; great-grandchild Emery Lindsey; sister Vivian (Dennis) Klakamp; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sister-in-laws, and brother-in-laws that he loved very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mamie Judd; grandchild, Hayden Armuth; and brother-in-law, Dennis Klakamp.
A walkthrough visitation will be held at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at Voss & Sons on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:30 am with Mr. Robert Hooker officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 am until time of service. Service will be live streamed through Voss & Sons Facebook page.
Burial will follow at Hayden Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers in Tom’s name to White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Schneck Foundation, or the Hayden Museum.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are required as well as social distancing within the building. Cards and notes of condolence are most welcome.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Voss & Sons Funeral Service in Seymour.
Please visit the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com to leave condolences to the family.