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Thomas A. Bulman

March 31, 1938 ~ July 24, 2018 (age 80)
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Thomas A. Bulman, 80 passed away July 24, 2018 after an unexpected illness at Wellspring Health and Rehabilitation Center in Nampa, Idaho. He is survived by two sisters; Doris Steward (Bob), Ann Spence and a sister in law Virginia Bulman; a brother Jim Bulman (Linda); two children Teresa Gulden and Paul Bulman (Zsofio’) and a small army of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many good friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him well. Born on March 31, 1938 in Spring Grove Minnesota, Tom spent most of his childhood in the rural Midwest. When the family moved to Iowa his passion for farming blossomed. He loved working in the fields and even after the family left the farm and headed to Kansas City, Kansas, Tom’s desire to be a farmer never left him. Later in life he purchased a small farm of his own in Afton, Oklahoma, where he lived for many years after his retirement from the military. Tom graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City and in September 2018 traveled back to attend his 60th high school reunion. Shortly after graduating high school, Tom joined the Air Force. Life took a different path at this point, but he applied himself to the task at hand as diligently as he did bucking hay and tending the fields on the farm. His journey in the Air Force and contracted duties took him all over the U.S. and abroad. The service Tom provided was exemplary in all respects. He spent twenty- one years protecting the U.S. from foreign attack and helping to keep this nation safe. During the course of Tom’s Military service and after his retirement, he participated in numerous organizations doing volunteer work. It was in Korea that his idea for Igor (Tom) the clown and Igor’s invisible dog Bull was conceived. Igor and Bull were called upon to entertain and educate children from all over the world. He visited orphanages and hospitals in Korea and Japan as well as school children in the U.S. While stationed at Peterson AFB, Tom volunteered as a scout leader for the Royal Rangers. Tom also excelled as a service officer for the DAV, helping to ensure that his fellow veteran’s and their families would receive the benefits he so vehemently believed they were entitled. He was also an active member of the VFW and even up to the day of his illness, Tom was politically active in programs designed to help veterans. He rarely turned down an opportunity to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever it presented itself. Two years after the death of his beloved wife, Virginia, Tom decided it was time for another adventure. In late spring 2017 he sold the farm in Oklahoma and headed out to Idaho. He packed up the truck and trailer and made many stops along the way. He visited his sisters in Missouri, brother Jim in Arkansas and brother Clem in Florida. Tom loved to travel, and he made many adventures during his road trip, upon his arrival in Idaho Tom spent his last year surrounded by family in Nampa, Idaho. His generosity, infectious smile and sense of humor will be remembered by all whose lives he touched. A committal service with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. September 14, 2018 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth Kansas. Memories of Tom and condolences may be left at

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