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Thomas M. Balgoyen

Tom passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born March 24, 1930 in Allegan the son of Thomas “Marvin” and Frances (McConney) Balgoyen. Tom joined the US Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957. He had worked at Philmore Equipment for 16 ½ years, Rockwell International for 30 years and had worked part time selling cars at the Allegan Chrysler Plymouth dealer for 10 years. Tom took pride in keeping his house and yard looking nice.

On June 21, 1954 in Burnips he married Barbara Bergman who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Greg (Kim) Balgoyen of Allegan and Jeffrey Balgoyen of Holland; 3 grandchildren, Jenna, Aubrey and Hailey and his siblings, Bill of Allegan, Leonard of the Philippines and Laurel of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dean.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Allegan, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Nathan Smith officiating.

Burial will follow with Military Honors at Hudson Corners Cemetery.

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Scott & Judy Spidel

June 20, 2018 at 12:03 am

Barb, Jeff, Greg, and Family

Our hearts were saddened when we heard of Tom’s passing. Some of my memories of Tom were the time I fired off the cannon, that he didn’t know we had. It was aimed at his back yard and it shook his whole house. He came out of the house wrapped in a towel ! He had been in the shower. When he looked our way, he seen all the smoke and us waving at him. He knew then that we had done it.

Tom and Barb were always great neighbors! Tom inspired us as young boys in many ways, but especially in the upkeep of our cars and homes.

There is a day coming at our passing that we will all be able to see each other again. Although Tom will be missed, Heaven is sweeter.

Our Best to you, Scott and Judy


Bob Winchester

June 20, 2018 at 12:52 am

I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing away, he was a great man. I worked with him in the auto business selling cars. He had great character and took excellent care of his customers. He truly loved his family and raised his boys to be fine young men with good values. I was happy to call Tom my friend. He will be missed.


Lou & Tina Giovannucci

June 20, 2018 at 11:49 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great neighbor to have and he will be missed.

Our condolences again.

Lou & Tina Giovannucci


Rick Leber

June 21, 2018 at 6:50 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. When ever I think of your dad, I would recall a story that my dad (Ron) would tell about Tom that I will share. One evening while your dad was on a date (I believe with your mom) at the Regent. My dad and Dick Gurn jacked the car up so that the tires just cleared. The movie finished, they got in the car and it would not move. Your dad, always particular about his car, became very excited and the two mischief makers rolled with laughter. I am sure those three are now thinking up pranks again.

The Leber Family


Fred & Sally Neils

June 22, 2018 at 3:01 pm

To the Balgoyen Family,

Sorry for your loss. We just read about Tom’s passing in the paper. We remember him as a fine neighbor on 118th Ave. for over thirty years.

With thoughts and prayers,

Fred & Sally Neils


Beth Mannino

July 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

Dear Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren of Tom: Jenna & Mark Jolink with their two children Sam & Anna, Aubrey & Kollin with their two children Gracie and Claire, and Hailey,

My deepest condolences for the loss of your grandfather. I pray for you always! Love Uncle Pete and Aunt Buffy


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