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Krall, Thomas A. DVM, suddenly was called to Heaven on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2021, while tending to his normal daily “self assigned” yard routine in Seminole, Florida. Tom and Barbara (nee Muehlenhard) were married for over 46 years. He was a forever devoted and loving father to Erin and Christopher. Caring brother to Mary (Walt) Krekel, Regina (Ken) Kohl and Teresa (Keith) Brown; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents Joseph P. and Regina (nee Thomas), brothers: Paul M; Joseph P. Jr; and Kevin J. Tom was born third oldest son on March 27, 1949. He grew up in the small northern town of Avon, Ohio. He attended St. Mary’s through eighth grade. He valued a long-lasting friendship with many of his fellow classmates. He will be fondly remembered and toasted by The Shagsters Society of Hacking Amateur Golfers, of which he annually attended for thirty-three years. As well, Tom played high school football and ran track at Avon High. He attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O) and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force as a Captain and the Base Veterinarian at then Plattsburgh AFB, New York. Both small animal medicine and St. Petersburg College (SPC) brought he and Barb to Florida. For forty-three years Tom was a professor in the Veterinary Technology Department at SPC. He was awarded Professor Emeritus upon retirement in July, 2019. In the fall of 1977, he along with fellow OSU classmate, David Tollon, built and opened Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, Florida, where he worked for over twenty-five years. The above is somewhat the sequential life of Tom Krall. He managed to live a great and full life with his family and friends. He was the anchor for his family, a person who impressed upon all to “seek the positive” and created the best life he could offer. Hard work and exercise was his friend. He completed fifteen marathons and once ran a relay across the State of Florida. When his knees ached he turned to bicycling. He always enjoyed a fun game of golf with his buddies. Although not a great fisherman, he sometimes threw a line into the Gulf and snorkeled at Egmont Key with his family. He was also a great researcher, always thirsty for more knowledge. He never stopped studying one thing or another, read all night, enjoyed baking and mastered his margarita recipe, as well as his grill. Tom maintained a daily routine that ran like clockwork. More recently, early mornings he’d reach out to his family, but preferred to be available for business conversations at 11am, five days a week. Most days by 1pm you might find Tom at the gym, at his garage workbench, running errands or outdoors perfecting his green thumb. He seldom clocked himself out before 5pm and often swam until after 6pm. He built a lifetime of memories with his family and friends whom he cherished so much. His Book of Life will be shared, the baton has been passed. We cannot drop it or we will lose everything created by a great man, husband, dad, brother and friend. He has instilled into us the importance of faith, honesty, love and respect. Our boat is rocky, our anchor has become our angel. Someday the waters will clear, the tides will change, our boat will again set sail. Our angel will always be with us. We must forever seek the positive and cherish the memories because life on earth is much too short. Tom always lived life to the fullest. He will forever be in our hearts, his memories will never fade, and his legacy will last forever. Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday, May 15, 2021 starting at 11 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 pm. Interment at the Bay Pines National Cemetery will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name or to The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund. Link and mailing address found on donation tab. To give in the mail: “Pay to the order of” –The Ohio State University Foundation Memo line – IMO Dr. Thomas Krall Mail to: OSU College of Vet Med Attn: Tiffany Connors 1900 Coffey Rd Columbus, OH 43210