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  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Watson

  • Thomas “Tom” Watson, 82, of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

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  • Thomas “Tom” Watson, 82, of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
    Tom was born August 3, 1930, in Fairview, Okla., to Claude and Francis (Carpenter) Watson. He was a graduate of UMKC Law School, and was an attorney for many years. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. On April 29, 1981, he married Toni Agers Powell, who survives of the home. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Claude (Rick) Watson Jr.; sister, Delores Watson; stepson, Greg Powell; and granddaughter, Stella Powell.
    Tom loved all things to do with the American West, and served as Sheriff of the Posse of the Westerners of Kansas City. One of the highlights of his life was his 36 year association with the Cowboy Artists of America, where he served as Business Manager, Historian, and was an Honorary Member. He was also a member of Sigma Chi and held the positions of President and Vice President. Tom was an original member of the Blue Springs Historical Preservation Commission. He authored the book “Make Your Mark” (Branding Irons) and edited a cookbook for the Cowboy Artists of America. One of his greatest assets was his sense of humor, with his jokes and stories being known world-wide. The family refers to those stories as “Grandpa Toms.” His humor, wisdom, and knowledge will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    In addition to his wife, Toni; Tom is survived by his son, Christopher Jay Watson and wife, Jan, of Fairway, Kan.; daughter, Stephanie Watson McCurdy and husband, Ed, of Overland Park, Kan.; stepson, William Christopher Powell and wife, Jennifer, of Lake Tapawingo, Mo.; sister, Cathy Blaise of Central City, Neb.; and grandchildren, Julia Watson Skidmore, Thomas Montgomery Watson, Adrian Torres, Matthew Torres, Megan Merrill, Casey May, Tori May, Connor Dennis and Katrina Powell.
    The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Mo., 816-229-3276.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to St. Luke’s Homecare and Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.
    Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.
     
     
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