Thomas Francis Gowdy was a brilliant man who was sadly taken from the town of Lubbock, Texas, on December 13. Born in Williams, Iowa, on September 12, 1958, Tom Krieger Gowdy was the son of John and Lorraine Krieger Gowdy. He had a career in crop insurance that spanned more than 40 years, and he was devoted to his wife and family.
Tom’s love story began on January 3, when he married Letrice “Cat” Haggard at The Chapel St. Paul’s on the Plains in Lubbock. From that day forward, Tom poured his heart and soul into caring for Cat, and their love was evident to all who knew them. For over ten years, he brought her roses every week, a small yet significant gesture that reflected the depth of his affection. Tom’s devotion to Cat was a testament to the kind of man he was—fiercely loving and selfless.
Described as an extraordinary husband and father, Tom prioritized his family above all else. His children, Josh Gowdy, Joe Gowdy, Justice Haggard, Andrew Haggard, Hunter Warne, Whitney Warne, and his grandson Jackson Gowdy, held a special place in his heart. Tom’s unselfish nature manifested in his consistent presence at their sporting events and special occasions. He lived for these moments, cherishing every opportunity to support and bond with his loved ones.
Tom is survived by his wife, children, stepchildren, grandson, siblings, mother-in-law Teena Bell, and other cherished relatives. The void left by his passing is felt deeply, but the memories of Tom’s love, generosity, and warmth continue to resonate with those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Growing up, Tom developed a love for farming while working alongside his dad. Fond memories on his parents’ farm, surrounded by adored grandparents, shaped Tom into the man he became. Guided by his uncle Francis, Aunt Ginny, and his parents, Tom embraced a life rooted in faith and family values.
An avid outdoorsman, Tom found solace in activities like fishing and golfing. His bond with his son Justice during golf outings was a cherished tradition. Tom’s love for sports extended beyond leisure; he actively engaged with each of his children, sharing his passion for baseball, golf, basketball, and football. His children, in turn, knew they were cherished and valued by a father who knew no bounds when it came to giving.
In his professional life, Tom Gowdy made significant contributions to the crop insurance industry. Spending over forty years dedicated to his work, he served as the National Accounts Manager for Hudson Crop Insurance in his final years. His previous roles included Vice President positions at Armtech and IGF Crop Insurance Company. Tom’s impact extended across the United States, from marketing representative to president, leaving a lasting legacy in a field that he held in high regard.
Tom’s involvement in various industry boards and committees, such as the AACI, CIRB, NCIS, CIPA, NWS, University of Minnesota Education Committee, Iowa State University Education Committee, and RMA committees, showcased his commitment to the advancement of crop insurance practices. Tom’s leadership and expertise were evident in the roles he undertook, managing companies with over 200 employees.
As Psalm 34:18 reminds us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” Though Tom may no longer be with us physically, his memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved him. As the Lubbock community mourns the loss of an exceptional man, they also celebrate the enduring legacy of Thomas Francis Gowdy—a loving husband, devoted father, and respected professional. One can only imagine the joyous reunion that awaits in heaven, where Tom’s spirit will continue to inspire and bring comfort to those who hold him dear.