Thomas Carol Kring, 77, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, (the first day of spring) at his home in San Ramon, California. He was born May 2, 1939, in Kokomo. 
He is survived by his former wife, Betsy Kring; son, Bryan; daughter, Cathy; three grandchildren, Sean, Allison and Oscar; sister, Pat LeVezu; and two brothers, William and Jon Kring; and many nephews and nieces. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Mildred Kring, Kokomo. 
Tom graduated from Kokomo High School in 1957. He was also a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. After graduation, Tom served as a Methodist minister in California for several years. He then spent eight years as director of Planned Parenthood in Sacramento and then as director of Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council for over 10 years. 
From there, he became an assistant deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Population Affairs under the Clinton administration in Washington, District of Columbia. He later moved back to California, where he served as director of the Health Resources and Services Administration. He retired from his position with the federal government after 11 years of service in 2005. 
Tom was devoted to his children and grandchildren. He spent much of his life giving of himself to help others. Tom will be dearly missed, and the difference he made in this world will be felt for many years.