Thomas Kevin Socha

August 3, 1948 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Thomas Socha Obituary

Thomas Kevin Socha

August 3, 1948 – December 25, 2023

Thomas Kevin Socha’ 75 years old resident of Columbia, MO, passed away to heaven Monday, December 25th, 2023 at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, MO.

Thomas “Tom” Kevin Socha’ was born August 3rd, 1948 in Saint Cloud, County of Stearns, MN to Norbert and Erma (Zipp) Socha’. The family lived in Minnesota until their mother passed and soon after the family moved to Colorado Springs where Tom and his older brother Rod grew up and attended St Mary’s Catholic school. Tom was an avid outdoorsman, camping, skiing and Elk hunting. Tom participated in H.S. sports Football and Basketball. Upon Graduation Tom attended the University of Wyoming and played Basketball at the university. He also moved to Missouri and attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City, MO.      

Tom moved back to Colorado, he worked with Ent Air Force Base where he learned the Concrete Business. Tom moved to Princeton, MO in 1975 to start his own Tom’s Concrete Business. Tom began working in the Corporate Pig Construction business in 1986 as a project manager. He career in the Pig industry was with Premium Standard Farms, Bells Farms, M2P2, Carthage Vet, Mark Alwetts, Ag Property Solutions and Integrity Builders. Tom also built a movie theater in Maryville, MO for Tad Gordon. Tom was also involved as a project manager in Las Vegas on the LV Speedway. Tom semi-retired in 2020 and started TKS Handyman Business with his son Derek Clark in Columbia, MO. In 1990 Tom and his father Norbert went on a month expedition to the South Pole. 

Tom and Pam (Clark) Socka’ were married July 30, 1983 in Princeton, MO. They lived in Missouri, Colorado and Nevada during their marriage and made Columbia, MO their permanent home in 1999. Tom is survived by his wife, Pam of the home, two son’s John (Tracey) Socha’, Derek Clark, both of Columbia, MO, Brother Roderick (Juanita) Socha’ of Bowling Green, KY, daughter-in-law Jennifer Clark, Granddaughters Kimberlyn Clark, Taylor Socha’, Julianna Socha’ and Jessica Socha’ and many cousins.

No services are planned at the present time. Burial will be at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Trenton, MO at a future date in the spring. An informal gathering at the grave site is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Columbia Humane Society in Tom’s name.

Family members would like to share a few memories about their loved one, Tom.          

Brother Rod remembers them going back to MN in the summers to live with Grandmother/Aunts. The boys were boys, and on one occasion Tom tried to shoot Rod with an arrow and it went through a picture in their home, Brother Rod has the picture and to this day there is tape still on the hole. Another time they broke a front window when Dad was gone and they went to the bank and got money and had it fixed before Dad could find out. Rod has so many memories of his life with his brother and will miss him greatly.           

Derek: I was fortunate to have two dad’s, one of my father’s was Tom Socha’, my stepfather. I never called him Dad one time, but asked anyone that knows us both who my dad is and they will say Tom Socha’, he’s your father. I took on his mannerisms and work ethic. I learned from his example to be a man, still most important, how to treat a woman. Love you “Bud”.

Pam: I have so many memories of the past and present, where do I start? Tom was a good, loving, hardworking man his entire life. We shared our love with each other for 40+ years and that never wavered. Tom took great pride in his construction career and his love for the outside and keeping our home in fantastic shape. I will always remember the day I fell in love with him. God took Tom to Heaven on God’s birthday Christmas day, so you were special to him too. Love you then, love you now, and love you for eternity “Tommy”, my love.

John David: When I think of my dad, I remember his property/acreage in North Missouri we called the Ravenna State Park. Lots of land and a large pond to swim in and play. How we would go and mow for hours then swim and have fun. To me it was work hard and play hard with Dad. Of course I didn’t realize at the time being a kid, mowing wasn’t fun, however I always had a sense of accomplishment with Dad when we left and went home together. Love you Dad, John, Tracey, Taylor, Julianna, and Jessica.

Jennifer and Kimberlyn: Thomas was the quintessential gentleman and he was always there to offer a helping hand. Thomas loved hard, and he was loyal to his wife, kids, friends, and family. Tom was also a wonderful Tata (Grandfather). He was named Tata by his youngest granddaughter, when she was very young and the name stuck. Our trips to Disney and Hawaii will always be in our minds as wonderful family trips. Tata was always there when needed and it was often. Love you Thomas (Tata). Your girls.

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