Colonel Thomas C. “Tom” Hovey of Columbia, Missouri was called to heaven to be with his Mary on November 22, 2013. He was 82 years of age. Funeral arrangements will be with Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be November 27, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm with the funeral service beginning at 1:00pm. The interment, including full military honors will immediately follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.
Tom was born December 17, 1930 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Clarence and Hilda Hovey.
Tom graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1948. He obtained his R.N. from McClean Hospital in Waverly, Massachusetts, his anesthesia certificate from Milwaukee County Hospital, a B.S. in Education from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and his Masters Degree from Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1953, he married Jane Corliss, with whom he had three children. They were divorced in 1987.
In 1953, he entered the army. In 1955, he was discharged to the active reserve as an Infantry Staff Sergeant.
In 1959, Tom received his Commission as a First Lieutenant in the ANC. He practiced anesthesia in Norwich, Connecticut until 1964 when he returned to active duty and was promoted to captain. From 1966 to 1967, he did his first tour in Vietnam.
He returned to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he took the officer’s advanced course and was promoted to Major.
In 1971, Tom returned to Vietnam and then to Fort Devens, where he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He was moved to William Beaumont Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. In 1976, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to the active Reserve. He taught anesthesia at Eastern Maine Medical center.
In 1979, he was promoted to Colonel. He moved to Columbia, Missouri to practice anesthesia at Truman V.A. Hospital. He was also the Chief Nurse at the 5503 U.S. Army Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Tom retired from the V.A. Hospital in 1993. He retired from the Army in 1997 after over 34 years of combined military service.
He was also a member of VFW 280, D.A.V., American Legion Post 202, and The Eagles #2730.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and two sisters. He is survived by his brother, Roy Hovey, his daughter, Kathryn Rangel, who is a school teacher in Jacksonville, North Carolina, a son, Thomas Hovey, Jr., who is a nurse in Boston, Massachusetts, a son, Theodore Hovey, who is a funeral assistant in San Diego, California, three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a step-son, Barnard Ray Boucher, a step-daughter, Julie M. Boucher, and her two children.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the V.F.W. color guard 1509 Ashley Street Columbia, MO 65201 or to the Central Missouri Humane Society 616 Big Bear Blvd. Columbia, MO 65202