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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Thomas D. Sowers

August 12, 1943July 9, 2020

Thomas Duane Sowers, of Falls Church, VA, passed away Thursday, July 9 at Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center at the age of 76 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Tom was raised on a chicken farm in Federal Way, WA, resulting in a life-long distaste for eating chicken. He attended Washington State University where he developed a passion for radio. He joined the Army in 1963, serving in the White House Communications Office as an audio engineer, often traveling with President Johnson and the White House Press Corps. After his military service he entered private industry in the world of computers, working for IBM for over 20 years and later for Geico.

Upon retiring, he pursued his passion for radio as a volunteer for the Washington Ear, reading the newspaper on air for the visually impaired. He also worked to preserve the Appalachian Trail with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club where he was responsible for the maintenance of a section of trail near Leesburg.

Tom is preceded in death by his loving parents Lindell and Stella Sowers. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Martha, his son Jon (Karen) and Jeff (Eun Hee), and his sister Pam. He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Metropolitan Washington Ear or Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 17, 2020

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Mary Hrbacek

July 17, 2020

Tom was a wonderful father to Jon and Jeff and a devoted husband to Marty. May he Rest In Peace.
Mary Hrbacek, sister of Martha Sowers

Ellen Lascelle

July 14, 2020

I met Tom when he and Marty visited our family's house in Vermont. They arrived in a dark green MG. I was so impressed! I thought Tom was so cool. I was also impressed when I heard about his job at the White House. After retirement, I was even more impressed with his dedication to his volunteer jobs. He helped a lot of people.

Ellen

Neely Oplinger

July 13, 2020

With our deep sorrow and sincere condolences to the family of Tom Sowers from everyone at Metropolitan Washington Ear. Tom was a dedicated volunteer reader for our live radio broadcast of The Washington Post every Tuesday morning for nearly 15 wonderful years, bringing current news to over 5,400 blind listeners with his professional manner and smooth presentation. He made the long trip to our studios in Silver Spring every week and was not even deterred by snow because he said living near a school meant that his road was always plowed. We have dearly missed Tom since he retired from reading last year. He was revered by all for his skill, his kindness, and his commitment to our mission to provide access to current news to people challenged by vision loss. We are grateful for his life well lived as he made a positive difference in the lives of so many. With appreciation for Tom and with sympathy to his family for their sad loss.

Ellen and Bob Lascelle

July 12, 2020

We are thinking of Tom with love and send out our love and sympathy to Marty, Jon and Karen, Jeff and EunHee.

Ellen and Bob

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY