His Memorial Service will be at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 (a day he would have chosen) at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. His request was to lie with his brothers in arms.  Gather at Staging Area “C” at Ft. Logan at 3:00 p.m.  

Food to follow at 5:00 p.m. at Pete’s Central Greek Restaurant (Tom’s second home), 300 S. Pearl St., Denver, 80209.  

For those of you who knew Tom or those of you who didn’t, suits would be very optional.

In lieu of flowers or donations, spread Tom around: talk to a stranger, make them happy, and maybe even say something politically incorrect.

Tom Kamm

Our founder
Born in 1941 in Columbus, Nebraska
Passed Away:
Died on March 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado
Memorial Service with Military Honors

His Memorial Service will be at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 (a day he would have chosen) at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. His request was to lie with his brothers in arms.  Gather at Staging Area “C” at Ft. Logan at 3:00 p.m.  

Food to follow at 5:00 p.m. at Pete’s Central Greek Restaurant (Tom’s second home), 300 S. Pearl St., Denver, 80209.  

For those of you who knew Tom or those of you who didn’t, suits would be very optional.

In lieu of flowers or donations, spread Tom around: talk to a stranger, make them happy, and maybe even say something politically incorrect.

Thomas “Tom” Kamm was born in 1941 in Columbus Nebraska to Agnes and John Kamm. He came from a military family. His father was a WWI Army Combat Veteran, his sister, Maxine, was a nurse in the Army Air Corps, and his brothers, John and Robert, were both in the U.S. Air Force. He also had a sister, Vernetta, who was a pediatric nurse.

He died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 1, 2016 at his home.

Tom enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Hof Air Base in Hof, Germany where he learned Russian and German and met many Fräulein while serving in the 6915th Security Squadron.

After the military, Tom did many things before starting All-States Cremation and All Veterans Funeral & Cremation:

  • Beef hauler for Omaha stockyards
  • Beer truck driver in Chicago
  • Owned a small grocery store in Chicago
  • Pharmaceutical Rep.
  • Industrial Chemical Consultant
  • Graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science
  • Received his MBA from University of Nebraska
  • City Manager of:  Buffalo, IA, Fulton, IL, and Cedarburg, WI
  • Democratic County Chairman in Iowa and dined with Jimmy Carter at the White House

After all of this he found his purpose and passion in life: helping families and veterans when there has been a death. He used to tell everyone that worked for him, “treat every family like they spent $10,000. Be kind and caring.”

After working at a large funeral home in Denver, Tom realized that many families did not want expensive funerals– they wanted a simpler way. This is why he started All-States Cremation in 1986.

He started All Veterans Burial & cremation in 1989 after seeing how veterans were not given the honor and care they deserved.

Tom is known as a legend in this industry around the country.

He will be missed by many including his wife, Diane, travel buddy of 49 years (who still does not believe he is gone, because she feels he is still with her).

His son, John (his first born), who he called his “John-John,” his wife Ruby and their daughter little Diane.

His precious daughter, Tommie, who he called his “Tommie Girl” is carrying on his mission with All-States Cremation and All Veterans.

His youngest, Alistair, who he always called his “little one” and his wife, Jessica, and their daughter Riana.  Alistair is also carrying on Tom’s mission with All-States Cremation and All Veterans.


44 Responses to Tom Kamm

  1. Tommie says:

    Dad, I love you so much. I still owe you that Starbucks. All the things you shared with me and every hug you gave me. You’re with me.

    -Your Tommie Girl

  2. Diane says:

    will keep on taking journeys with my travel buddy.. only this time I will be driving……

    • Leroy E. Soderbloom says:

      Only knew you for a few years , enjoyed those years . will miss seeing you in the years to come

  3. Kyle Barnett says:

    Tom, you were a great man. It was an honor and privilege to have worked for you and to have known you. May you rest in peace.

  4. Braemon says:

    Tom was an excellent person to work for and wonderful person to know. I loved sitting with him and listening to his knowledge of many things, and stories about everything. I will miss him a lot and my heart goes out to the family in this difficult time. He will be missed dearly by me, and many others. Rest in peace Tom.

  5. Jim & Kim Rudolph says:


    Thank you for the encouragement and wisdom you contributed into my life. You were gifted with a huge dose of humor that cloaked an amazing analitical mind. Think Tanks with you were thrilling and exhausting. We had to prepare for you, that is for sure. So many memories. Among the first was us talking business in the parking lot on Wadsworth. (Diane wouldn’t let anyone smoke in the office.) Up drives John, still in school. He showed you a test problem, geometry or algebra or something nuclear. You never missed a beat, you made your point, checked Johnny’s homework, and wrote a new problem for him on the hood of your Ford LTD! Kim and I will never forget you. Oh, and I think this is 14 straight years in Estes Park for us. Never saw it, till you took me.

  6. Julie Oppegard says:

    Such an interesting life. Tom seemed like such a great man. I’ve met him only once or twice and glad I got the chance. Best to all the Kamm’s.

  7. Al says:

    Hey Dad, its your pal Al. I just got some coffee down the street. I went to buy a paper with your obit, but they were all gone! ($10 says it was the government stealing our newspapers so they can keep us stupid during an election year)
    There were at least 40 people in that small space! I leaned against the counter and kidded with the lady next to me about Starbucks forcing us into a small space with this new BS “community table” concept—as we would always talk about. She looked up at me, grinned, and then continued to read her cell phone. Staying true to your beautifully socially awkward example and to get people to stop looking at their cell phones for even a little bit, I just kept talking to her and channeled one of our conversations. In the 1.5 minutes it took to make my coffee, she heard about the complexity of free trade coffee sales and why rectangular floor tiles are best suited for retail coffee locations. Just to make sure I topped off the one-way dialogue with an incredibly awkward and politically incorrect note, I told her I think global warming is sexy. Hahaha. It was so weird. She got her coffee, chuckled a bit, looked at me, and smiled.
    She is going to go home and tell her husband about the weird guy at the coffee shop, but she smiled and she didn’t look like she was having the best of days.
    I love you dad. I will always carry that piece of you with me. Thank you for everything. Talk soon. Your “little one”

  8. steve f. says:

    Smooth air under your wings, Blue Skies above. Safe Journey to my Air Force Brother

  9. Lavonne Balk-Huizenga says:

    Diane and family: Totally in shock to hear of Tom’s passing. I am so sorry. For your information, he was the best boss I ever had. He was always so caring and thoughtful towards everyone. I know he will be missed by his family, but also by those who ever worked with him or for him. He was the greatest. I have very happy memories of the Kamm family. Love and hugs and prayers to you all!

  10. Kelly Whitmer-Maliszewski says:

    Diane- Pete and I are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man, and we are grateful we had the opportunity to know him! Love and prayers from FLorida

  11. Ruby says:

    Today six year old Diane made a great joke. She got me good. I laughed so hard, tears streaming down. I said, “Diane, you sounded like your grandpa. “

  12. Janet Randall says:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a positive influence in all your lives and I know he was proud of his family. I am privileged to have known Tom, always with a smile on his face and always kind. He will be missed.

  13. Bob Horn says:

    So sad…we have lost an original; a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor. Well done Tom! May you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane and family.

  14. Candace says:

    I was so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. I truly was blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know him when I worked for All Veteran’s. He truly was always smiling and had something interesting to talk to you about. I loved how he always wanted to engage you in conversation and share his knowledge about all sorts of things. The world truly would be a better place if more people were like Tom and engaged in actual conversation with you. Tom you were such a bright and happy part of my time working for you. May you rest in peace.

  15. Nicki Lynn Ornelas says:

    Oh Tom. Some of the conversations we had I still laugh at. You always were so happy. I am so sad you’re gone. I am more sad I wont be seeing you pulling around your little cart. Or helping you find Diane around the office when you came in. This all feels like a dream. I don’t want to believe that your really gone.
    Diane- I am so so sorry for your loss. You know my family and I are here for you if you need anything.

    Tommie & Al- Stay strong you two are absolutely amazing. If you need anything let me know.

  16. C.L. Fox says:

    During the course of one lifetime you meet thousands of people, most of whom you can barely remember, but Tom Kamm was one of those who are remembered, with admiration, even if you only met him briefly. He is greatly missed and will always be remembered.

  17. Jessica says:

    I don’t have a lot of words right now but you taught me that it’s ok to not always know the right thing to say, but say it anyway. To laugh, enjoy the sunshine, work hard (but also play hard), talk to strangers, question everything, always be prepared (I’ll now carry 12 pens and 2 nail clippers at all times), drive slowly, that duct tape is a totally acceptable fix for a cell phone, and maybe most importantly to love deeply and honestly. I’m honored to have been able to know and love you, and to see pieces of you every day in your sweet “little one” that I call my husband. Thank you for so many life changing gifts.

  18. Jill Ross says:

    1.5 years ago I was honored to become a part of the All-States and All Veterans family. I was warmly embraced both literally and figuratively by Tom Kamm. He endearingly called me, “kid” and I smiled each time. Without fail Tom always asked how I was doing, and how the company was being received. His genuine interest in others was admirable and infectious. I am loud and proud when sharing how this company was founded. Almost on a daily basis I say Tom’s name and will continue to hold him near as I share the vision and love of this incredible man.

  19. Malissa Oberle says:

    It was an honor to know Tom and he leaves such a beautiful legacy. Prayers for you all.

  20. Jane Kampsnider says:

    I am so sad for your family, Al. I remember when your dad took you and Chris and some other friends on a road trip. I had a few reservations, but your mom assured me it would be ok… He was so excited when we were trying to restore the Hudson in our garage. He really enjoyed looking it over and chatting about the whole project and telling other stories in the process. He seemed like such a neat guy.

  21. Maura McMillan says:

    Tom, you always made me smile, even when I thought I didn’t want to. I love that our last interaction was you purposely calling me by the wrong name – Mary. Every time I walked by you I had a new “M” name. I love it even more that you let me rename you, too. I’m going to miss you, “Trevor.” I’d tell you to “stay out of trouble” but you’d just reply as you usually did…”Never!” Love, Mavis

  22. Aaron Hersom says:

    Tom, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know you. From the very beginning you welcomed me into your home, and treated me as a friend; many times as another family member. I wasn’t always aware of it, but looking back now, I can see so clearly how watching you, and talking with you, and traveling, and goofing around, and learning from you, has effected the way that I want to be a father to Sophie. And how I want to love and take care of my family. And how it’s important to take a moment, now and then, to reflect on where you came from, and where you’ve been, and all the work you put into creating your life and world around you; and enjoy it. I’m truly sorry that I didn’t get the chance to shake your hand one more time, and say a proper ‘fare well’. I know very well that I am not the only one that feels that way. Thank you so much for everything Tom. I’m so lucky to know you

  23. Jim Stork says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Kamm family.

    Jim Stork and staff at Stork Family Mortuary

  24. Lisa Padilla says:

    Tom you were one of a kind, such a nice person and I’m so thankful I got to know you. I really enjoyed our conversations and you always made me laugh. I remember when you use to try and sneak cookies and candy but I would never let you. I can still hear your voice in my head saying (Hey Kid!) ? And I believe the next time I see you that’s the first thing I will hear you say. To Diane, Tommie, Al and to the rest of your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. By for now but not forever.

  25. Mark Pennington says:

    From a Jarhead to a Wing Wiper…I’ll miss kibitzing with you at the Think Tanks…
    Semper Fi my friend!

  26. doug kreiling says:

    I used to love to go in and talk with Tom this usually Came Upon picking up payment for work I had done previously Tom had many comments very wide range of knowledge I loved to listen to him and comment along the way very Politically Incorrect but I’m there with him on that one, one of the reasons we probably got along so good he was a great person, man, friend ,Father you name it, you will be truly missed especially by me….
    God speed Tom,miss you!!!!!!
    Doug Kreiling

  27. ATSUSH NARITA says:


    • Ruby says:

      From Mr. Atsushi Narita (Business Owner, Tokyo): “I was shocked to hear the sad news. My heart reaches out to the Kamm family. Tom has made Colorado a very special place for me. He remains part of my best memory about Colorado. Tom, I will never forget your kindness and your warmness. If there were not All-States Cremation, I would not have the inspiration and operate my own cremation business following the same values in Japan. I cannot thank you enough. I wish I had spent more time with you. Rest in peace, Tom. “

    • Ruby Kamm says:

      From Mr. Atsushi Narita: “I was shocked to hear the sad news and my heart reaches out to the Kamm families. Tom was so kind to me and he was part of my best memories about Colorado. Tom was a brilliant business man. He inspired me to operate my own business following his values in Japan. I cannot thank him enough for the positive influence he gave me. I wish that I had spent more time with him. R.I.P.”

  28. Hemant says:

    Tom was a great man and it was an honor and privilege to have worked for you. May your soul rest in peace.

  29. Tim Payne says:

    I did not cry for my brother…nor my father, but I cried for hours when I learned you had died. We’ve been friends for 30 years and I enjoyed every moment. Lunches will never be as good as they were with you. Thank you for all the good times and good things you did for me, but most of all thank you for bringing John into my life. I can continue to love you through him. Peace be with you my friend.

  30. Vivian Brooks says:

    Tom….I still cannot believe that you are gone. Your spirit is everywhere in the office and I miss seeing you and keeping the newspaper on hand for you. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to meet you and to be a part of this wonderful vision that you have. You have left us a legacy that will take us the rest of our working lives to live up to. Thank you for the amazing mark that you have left on this world and on so many who will cherish having known you.
    Sleep in heavenly peace.

  31. 池秀清 says:




    • Ruby on behalf of Xiu Qing Chi and Norio Sakamoto says:

      Message from Xiu Ching and Norio Sakamoto: “On Diane BB’s 5-year birthday party was the last time we spent time with you. Norio had such a wonderful long conversation with Tom. We were looking forward to having you to our new house in Parker. But we could never imagine that would be the last time that we could spend time with you. I will never forget your smile that can melt any one’s heart. You would drive us to the airport in the early morning when the city is still in sleep. You’ve been so generous to every one around you. You’ve brought joy to people you meet. Your will be always with us and living in our memory.

  32. Rita Coalson at Agape Healthcare says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of such a Great Man. My thoughts are with you all.

  33. Charles Schuttig says:

    May Tom’s loving family and friends find comfort from these bible verses in Revelation 21:3, 4; With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  34. Debbie Curran says:

    My sympathies to the Kamm family:). I enjoyed getting to know Tom in Portugal at Al’s and Jessica’s wedding. He was a great conversationalist!! Many good stories:):)

  35. Steven Rish says:

    Tom, you and Diane graciously gave Nate and myself a shot to help serve your families. Through lots of growing pains, trials and tribulations you helped us through it all. We wouldn’t be where we are without you! I’m forever grateful for the wonderful man you are and the wonderful family who continue to support us so we can continue to help familie. Thank you!

  36. Steven Rish says:

    Tom, you and Diane graciously gave Nate and myself a shot to help serve your families. Through lots of growing pains, trials and tribulations you helped us through it all. We wouldn’t be where we are without you! I’m forever grateful for the wonderful man you are and the wonderful family who continue to support us so we can continue to help families. Thank you!

  37. Barb Hersom says:

    Tom, I wish I had known you better. Thank you for the great times and opportunities you gave Aaron, you were kind of like a 2nd dad to him and it meant so much.

  38. David H. Goebel, Decatur, Illinois says:

    Diane and the entire Kamm family,

    Karen and I are saddened to hear of the unexpected death of our friend Tom. I/we greatly enjoyed our conversations over a good cup of Starbucks coffee or having dinner at the Chaparral Suites restaurant while attending the Think Tanks in Phoenix! Our two youngest kids still talk about our trip to Denver during one summer think tank when we all went to dinner at “The Palms.” Our kids got the biggest kick out of listening to Tom’s stories.
    God speed my friend!!

  39. D. Harris says:

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.

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