Thomas Janes

Thomas Janes

Thomas ‘Tom’ Janes of Plainwell passed away Friday, May 10, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Tom was born August 1, 1938 in Kalamazoo to Charles and Hazel (Geal) Janes. He started his working career at Warren Barber Boat and Motor and had worked at Cloverleaf RV, Gull Lake Marina and other area pleasure craft dealers. Over the years Tom had worked as a photographer, mechanic, in sales, as a service manager and most recently working as a broker for 1st Choice Homes. Tom had served Gun Plain Township in many ways over the years; he had served on the Planning Commission, as Constable and as the Township Supervisor. He took pride in the work he did for his local government and he was happy to serve the community he lived in.  In his leisure time Tom loved his garden tractor, plowing snow and mowing grass.

Surviving are his wife, Helen and 2 sons, Rodney Gene Janes of Plainwell and Dennis Lee (fiancée Amy Schimp) Janes; granddaughters, Michelle Janes and Abigail Janes; great granddaughter, Grace Janes; a brother, Richard (Joyce) Janes of Louisiana and a step brother, James (Joyce) Kershaw; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Janes and Hazel Kershaw; stepfather, Carl Kershaw and a sister Sandy Janes.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from noon to 3:00 P.M. at the Gun Plain Township Hall, 381 8th Street, Plainwell.

Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, West Michigan Region, 3737 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Ste. 217, Grand Rapids, MI  49546.

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  1. Dorothy Gren & family says:

    Helen & family, We are very saddened to here of Tom’s passing. We have fond memories of getting together with the C.B. group in the 1960’s, great friends and great times. May God embrace all of you with his love and comfort during your difficult time. The family of Dorothy Gren

  2. Rodney Wall says:

    Sorry for your loss Rod and to the rest of the family.

  3. Mary & Ron Harris says:

    Helen & Family, Sorry for the loss of your husband & father. You are in our thoughts. We will keep you in our prayers. The family of
    Ron & Mary Harris

  4. Patti Weber says:

    Helen & Family- So sorry for your loss. Tom was wonderful to work with @ First Choice Mobile Homes. He’d call me often in the past on how to get financing for certain clints ( of course they had about a 400 credit score) we’d get a good laugh out of that. My best for you Helen.

  5. VanDenBerg Families says:

    Helen, Rodney, Dennis and families. So very sorry for your loss Tom was such a good man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Gloria & Jay Earl says:

    Helen & boys,
    We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We know he will be dearly missed. Gloria & I will miss seeing Tom at those community events we all attend. Please know that our prayers go out to you, Rod and Dennis.

    Gloria & Jay

  7. Michael Hogue says:

    Sorry, Rod, for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

    Mike, Karla, Michelle, and Brooke

  8. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    Helen and family,
    My heart is sadden for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather
    and great grand grandfather. God bless you.

  9. Sally Kamp James & Family says:

    Helen, Rodney and Dennis – So sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond and great memories of your family from our days on the farm. He will be missed.

  10. Kathy Hughes says:

    Helen, Rod and Dennis: We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a good man and a great neighbor. We will miss him. Know that our prayers are with all of you. If you need me, call any time. Love to you all. Dan and Kathy Hughes

  11. Connie Brewster says:

    Aunt Helen, our prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Sorry I wont be there Saturday.

  12. Valerie (Kamp) Fields says:

    Helen, Rodney, Dennis and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Tom with a smile. Prayers of love and comfort to you all. God Bless.

  13. Rod Janes says:

    Thank you all for your kind words. Dad would be smiling. I hope to see most of you Saturday.

  14. Ronald & Betty Hotchkiss says:

    Helen sorry for your loss. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers

  15. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  16. Nancy Antonides Barton says:

    Helen, Rodney & Dennis – Please accept my condolences for losing Tom. The kids and I spent many hours with your family and you played a special role in our life while we lived in Plainwell. Helen, remember all the good, funny times? You were a good support to all of us. I also remember the photography studio that Tom had set up in your dining room. I could go on and on, but just know how sorry all of us are for Tom’s loss.

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