Thomas Janes

May 11, 2013

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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