Thomas A. Hudspeth, age 72, of New Prague, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital New Prague.  Tom was born July 31, 1945 in Moline, IL to Worth Leo and Marie (Smith) Hudspeth.  The family moved to Elmore, MN, then to McGregor, IA, and finally to St. Benedict, IA, where Tom would attend and graduate from Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, IA.  He played football at Fort Dodge Community College before entering the University of Northern Iowa, where he would complete both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  His time here solidified his avid and lifelong devotion to the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Between those degrees, Tom married Marilyn A. Stoffel on June 14, 1969 in Algona, IA and entered the US Army, serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  After completing his Master’s Degree in Special Education, Tom accepted a job with the New Prague School District and the couple moved to New Prague in 1972, where Tom would teach Special Education until his retirement in 2007.  He also established the vocational coop education program.  He taught generations of students Driver’s Education from 1975 until present time.  During his tenure with the school district, he also was a three-season coach, coaching 7th grade girls’ basketball, 7th & 8th grade boys’ track, and 7th grade football.  After retirement, he couldn’t stay inactive so was employed as a bus driver for the district and his route was the Webster route for Holy Cross Catholic School.

In Tom’s early years, he was very involved with the New Prague Jaycees.  He was also instrumental in getting New Prague’s first outdoor pool.  For many years Tom served as the New Prague coordinator for the Salvation Army.  He was a member of the VFW and committed to Unbound.  His faith life was also important as he served as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Wenceslaus for many years and was currently involved with the Outreach Ministry.  Tom loved to read newspapers and drink coffee, clipping articles regularly to pass on to his children.  He loved movies and enjoyed nothing more than going to horror movies with his sons.  

Exercise was a commitment throughout Tom’s life.  He was a runner, participating in the 10K Get in Gear race for many years until MS (Multiple Sclerosis) deprived him of that activity.  He then took up bicycling and was an avid participant for the remainder of his life.  He remained committed to regular attendance at the Fitness Center to the present.  His greatest joy in life, however, came in doting on his ten grandchildren!

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; children, Jim (Anh) Hudspeth of Shakopee, Ann (Jamie) Jerdee of Northfield, Katie (Dave) Bohn of Shakopee, Mary (Chris) Darling of Eagan, John Hudspeth (Jessica Feeney) of Fairmont; siblings, Betty (Bob) Scallon, Patricia Elbert, Mary Joyce Kunkel (Dick), Bro. Bill Hudspeth, Dennis (Patty) Hudspeth; sister-in-law, Tina Hudspeth; brother-in-law, Frank Albrecht; ten grandchildren and one on the way.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bud, Bob, & Terry Hudspeth.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton, Father Dennis Dempsey, and Deacon Mickey Redfearn officiating.  Visitation will take place on Monday from 4-8 PM and Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will occur after Mass at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted.  Lunch will follow at the KC Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Wenceslaus School.