January 22, 1936 - October 17, 2020
Tom Wanous, 84, was born to William and Jane Wanous, farmer and teacher in Owatonna, Minnesota. Bob was born a few years later to make Tom a big brother. Tom's formal education began in a one-room schoolhouse for first through eighth grade. Tom went on to graduate from Owatonna High School by the age of sixteen. Tom left the farm and enrolled at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. Tom's farm boy upbringing equipped him with skills to work his way through his veterinary education by milking campus cows. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in veterinary medicine, Tom joined the US Army and served as a Captain in France. While living in Paris, Tom met and married Bette who was living there with her parents. When Tom and Bette returned to the Twin Cities, Tom joined a veterinary practice which later became Woodlake Veterinary Hospital in Richfield, MN.
As a way to live out their Christian faith, Tom and Bette served at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. Supported by their home church, Hope Presbyterian, and accompanied by their five children, Tom and Bette headed to Nairobi in 1978. Tom provided veterinary and community development workshops in Kenya and surrounding East African countries, working with local churches. He also provided professional support and consultation to missionaries and Christian leaders working with Christian Veterinary Mission, Daystar University, and Literacy and Evangelism Fellowship so that people could better care for their families and livestock. Tom was actively involved with Daystar University and Christian Veterinary Mission well into his retirement years.
For two years, Tom taught biology at Iona Preparatory School and consulted with local farmers in Ocho Rios Jamaica. When Tom and Bette returned to Minnesota in the 1980s, Tom resumed veterinary practice with partners, Dr. Robert Dietl and later, Dr. Meg Glattly. In 2003, Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He continued working as a veterinarian, traveling and teaching in East Africa and volunteering at Community Emergency Services, (CES) Food Shelf and Jericho Road Ministries in Minneapolis for years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Bette; his brother, Bob; his children Michael (Martha), Christine, Mark (Michelle), Sarah (Greg), and Bonnie (Brian); ten grandchildren, one great-grandson and one on the way. Many more dear ones have been enfolded in the hearts of Tom and Bette by God.
Private family service will be held. Livestream available at http://www.live.hope-pc.orgLivestreaming at 11:00 AM, Central Time, Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
For additional memories of Tom's work with Daystar please visit https://www.daystarus.org/tom-wanous-memorial.