Thomas Lee Rempp, 70, of Grinnell, died on June 7, 2021 at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. A private family celebration of the funeral service and interment will be held at Westfield Cemetery. Tom’s memorials can be attributed to the Westfield Cemetery Association or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., 200 First St. SW, Rochester, Minn. 55905.
Tom was born June 17, 1950 in Grinnell, son of Donald Milton and Lauretta Lincoln Rempp. He grew up on a family farm in the community of Westfield, south of Grinnell. He attended a country school near his home until second grade, then Grinnell Schools, graduating from Grinnell High School in 1968. He received his BA from Drake University in Des Moines in 1972.
Tom was very proud and dedicated to the care of his mother, who had cancer, for over 12 years. She died at the age of 61. Meanwhile, Tom started an off-road motorcycle business with the help of his friend, Denny Farland.
On January 25, 2003, he married Donna Rae Sloan in Monroe. The couple lived in Grinnell and they took care of his father at home, keeping him out of a nursing home until the last month of his life, at age 95.
Tom worked at The Vernon Company in Newton as a graphic designer, artist and product development manager. It was there that he met Cecil Woofter and Tom Kliegl who both became great mentors and friends. He ran Graphic Communication, an independent commercial art company for several years, with major clients including The Vernon Company and ASI Signs. Later he worked at Commercial Printer, as Director of Marketing.
Tom’s house was his “Castle!” He built most of the house himself over a 40-year period, adding four additions to the original house and remodeling it several times. He has spent countless hours walking in his woods and has always been fascinated by his inner isolation. He loved the outdoors!
His hobbies included photography, off-road motorcycling, poker, and travel; his travels included visiting 46 US states, Jamaica, Canada and Mexico. He had a passion for the arts, architecture, castles and dragons. He will be best known for his love and kindness.
Tom is survived by his cousin, Miriam Chapman of Omaha and her family; and several good friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Lauretta Rempp; and his wife, Donna in 2016.