June 13, 2023 at 1:19 p.m.

Thomas E. Vos

Thomas E. Vos
Thomas E. Vos


Thomas “Tom” E. Vos, 85, passed away May 31, 2023. 

At Tom’s request for cremation, Mass and placement of ashes were June 12 at the Church of St. Benedict in Avon.

Tom was born in Krain Township, Stearns County,  to Edward and Veronica (Wolters) Vos, who preceded him in death. Tom will be dearly missed by his wife, Nansi, of 41 years; two daughters Louann Vos and Anika (Jamie) Klaphake; two sons Marc and Evan (Jessica); six grandchildren Alexis, Aubrey, Carter, Parker, Sophia and Trenton; and siblings Charles, Marie, Bernadette and Audry.

After graduation from Albany High School, Tom joined the U.S. Navy and served between Korea and Vietnam. He is a Purple Heart recipient. Following an honorable discharge, Tom remained in California to attend college and graduated from Cal Poly State University, Pomona, with a degree in electronic engineering. Later, he received his business management degree at Stanford University.

Tom held numerous management positions with Hewlett-Packard in San Diego, Colorado Springs and Great Britain. In 1991, Tom became vice president and general manager of the Electronic Instruments Group, which included facilities in Colorado, California, Washington, New Jersey, Korea, China, India, Canada, France and Germany. After his retirement in 1998, Tom and his family moved to Avon where he built his dream home on Upper Spunk Lake, near the family farm where he grew up.

Tom was an active member of many organizations and boards including president of the Vos Family Foundation (2000-2020), Association for Retarded Citizens-California, Avon Lions, Catholic Charities (Circle of Hope), Church of St. Benedict, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Club, Project for the People of Paraguay, Birthline and the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN (Board of Trustees and Partners for Hope). 

Throughout Tom’s life, he enjoyed his books, woodworking, motorcycles, fishing and hiking with the Boy Scouts, but his love for God, his country and his family came first. Tom will be greatly missed.

The Vos family wishes to thank Assumption Home Community and St. Croix Hospice for their respectful caring attention to Tom and his needs.

Arrangements were made by Williams Dingmann Funeral Home. In memory of Tom, those who wish may make contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN (St. Cloud) or the Project for the People of Paraguay, Avon.  




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