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Thomas E. Loughead

Tom passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 21, 1957 in Kalamazoo, the son of Ernest and Laura (Gardineer) Loughead. Tom was a 1976 Plainwell High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. For 45 years he worked at Parker Hannifin until his retirement in August 2021.

Tom was a kid at heart with a curious mind and liked staying current with technology. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting, fishing, listening to music, playing the guitar and being with his cat, Braylin. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. On June 2, 1979 at St. Margaret Catholic Church, he married Mary Quigley who survives.

Also surviving are his children, John (Amy Raphael) Loughead of Pennsylvania, Kristin (Doug Dennany) Loughead of Otsego and Katie (Matt) Gruber of Florida; grandchildren, Morgan, Bentley, Jase, Matthew and Kynsley; siblings, Deborah Charron and Mike Loughead; mother-in-law, Jane Quigley along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Lucas; siblings, Marsha Sheehy and Patrick Loughead and by his father-in-law, Jerry Quigley.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family from 5-8 PM, Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a time of sharing at 7:30 P.M.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Jan Jameson

January 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm

I worked with Tom for many years,and have become good friends. RIP ,Tom. Heaven has gained another good one.


Lauri Connor

January 21, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Kristen and Family so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I worked with Tom for many years. And was neighbor to his daughter so I saw Tom occasionally. With everything he was going through he always had a smile and a positive attitude. We will miss you Tom. RIP


Steve and Linda

January 21, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Mary and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to let go of our loved ones, but we pray that God will comfort you and give you peace at this difficult time.

Steve and Linda


Marge Grabowski

January 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm

Mary, so sorry for your loss


Laurie Wallin

January 21, 2022 at 1:27 pm

I am so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Having known Mary and in my world aka Quig since kindergarten we’ve shared a lot of adventures over the years. I met Tom the first time Mary did. I knew then he was the love of her life. I was honored to be maid of honor at their wedding and share this special event. We got together several times over the years and shared many stories. Tom you’ll be forever in my heart!


Kim Jameson, Lewis

January 21, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Rest Peacefully old Friend.


Dan and Julie Andrus

January 21, 2022 at 2:35 pm

So sorry to hear of this tragic loss. We worked with Tom. He was always a pleasure to be around. We are sure He will be greatly missed.


Karen Burnell Krajecki

January 21, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Mary and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Tom. I went to school with him and I have so many memories of times with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Nancy Holmes

January 21, 2022 at 4:58 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you.


Dawn (Jennings) Edwards

January 21, 2022 at 5:19 pm

Dear Mary and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


Kelly Gray

January 21, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Love and prayers to you all during this difficult time. I


Alice D Comai

January 21, 2022 at 6:43 pm

Mary and family, So sorry for your loss. Having known Tom for ever from work and Mary thru the machine shop, it will be another loss that had to be. I loved talking to Tom, he was so easy to get a blush out of, so cute. Mary time will heal but you will always remember the good times. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers


Sally A Kenyon-Laws

January 21, 2022 at 7:32 pm

Tom was a classmate of mine, such a nice guy my prayers are with the family at this time, so sorry


Lori Snyder- Steele

January 21, 2022 at 8:04 pm

Mary and family sending prays. So hard to wrap my mind around Toms passing. Mary thinking about you.

Lori and Terry Steele

The class of 1976



January 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm


Old Friend

My Sincere Heart Felt Condolences to the Family.



David Kimble

January 22, 2022 at 8:54 am

So sorry for your loss. Tom was a classmate of mine.


Brian Arehart

January 22, 2022 at 11:41 am

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.


Bill Cranmore

January 22, 2022 at 2:01 pm

Very sorry to family and friends for your loss. I worked with Tom and always enjoyed talking to him. He was always a creative and gentle guy and I think I learned something from him every time we talked. Prayers


David Gruber

January 22, 2022 at 3:47 pm

Praying for Gods comfort on the Loughead family I know we had fun fishing and sharing time with our kids when Katie graduation in New Mexico.


Leilanii Gruber

January 22, 2022 at 4:59 pm

My heart goes out to Mary and family. We’ve been praying and will continue to pray for Mary, Katie and the family. Katie we love you so much and pray the Lord will ease you through this hard time. If you need anything let Grandpa and I know.

Love you and family

Grandma Gruber


Sandra Bursley

January 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

Debbie and Mike. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing . May he rest in peace. Praying for his family for peace and comfort.


Vickie Dorgan

January 23, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Dear Mary and family,

Wishing you comfort at this time. I’m sorry for your loss. Love, Vickie Dorgan


Becky Hayes

January 24, 2022 at 1:38 am

To the entire family, I am so sorry for the loss of Tom. I worked with him at Parker. What a shock to hear about this!!

May you RIP


Jennifer (Chappell) Mitchell

January 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm

I remember Tom very well from school. He was a good guy. I am so sorry for your loss.


Linda Howard

January 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

Dear Mary, I got to know Tom the past few months. He was always so kind, helpful and understanding. Prayers to you and your family.


Rich Valkner

January 29, 2022 at 2:35 pm


Sorry to hear about your (our) loss

Tom was a really good friend and a very good man. Although I haven’t seen Tom in quite a few years, I feel like he was just as good a friend as he ever was !My memories of him will live on.


Scott Cole

March 5, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Sorry to hear about this. I worked with Tom in the 1990’s. He was a good guy.


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