Thomas DeYoung

Thomas DeYoung

Thomas passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center, leaving behind his loving family and friends.

He was born September 10, 1939 in Grand Rapids the son of Floyd and Janet (Mieras) DeYoung. Tom served his country in the US Air Force from 1957-1961, serving one year in Thule, Greenland. He was a member of the Men’s Auxiliary VFW Otsego Post #3030. He moved to Kalamazoo where he met his future wife Patricia Brant while working at Eastland Bowl where he was manager. They wed in 1986 in Vegas. Together Tom and Pat spent many years traveling the USA on their motorcycles and played pool in tournaments and leagues. He later went to work at Airway Lanes as manager for Gordy Krum. He enjoyed working with the senior citizen leagues and junior bowlers. He loved making people laugh and always had a joke to share.

He leaves behind his wife Patricia; their dog, Willie; his daughter, Tracey (James) Dear; his son, Tom Jr.; his step-son Kevin (Darlene) Lapekas; his sister, Mary (Frank) Bodor; sisters-in-law, Sharon DeYoung and Sharon (Gordon) Gilmore; 4 grandsons, James, Jalen, Jeremiah and Ken; several nieces and nephews.

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

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private gathering of his family will take place at a later date this summer.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the SPCA or to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek.

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  1. Dianna Thomas says:

    Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. You have been in my prayers the past few days. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you to help you through this difficult time. I’m just a phone call away.

  2. Toni Booth says:

    Pat and family: I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Tom, having worked for him at both Eastland and Airway Lanes. He was one of the good guys. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Garry and Shelley Krym says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful person and a faithful employee. We were privileged to have him working for us at Airway. Condolences
    Garry and Shelley

  4. Pat Langdon says:

    Patty, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you and hoping your memories of the good times see you thru this difficult time. Take care.

  5. ken adams says:

    so sorry patty.tom was a really great guy.

  6. ~Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    Dear Patty and Family,
    Our sincerest condolences, heartfelt thoughts and prayers … May our Lord God hold you in his loving arms during this difficult time.

  7. Ken and Dee Lapekas says:

    Pat & Family ~ We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We always enjoyed Tom at the bowling alley. We know he will be missed greatly. Take care.

  8. Dawn King says:

    Dear Patti,
    Please know that you are in our prayers, and close in the hearts of all of us that love and admired Tom, for his great sense of humor, his service to our country, and as a friend to all that knew him. Let the memories and good times be your strength in the days ahead. God Bless you and your family.

  9. James Dear says:

    We all miss you Grandpa Tom we love you

  10. James & Tracey Dear says:

    We Miss & and love you Grandpa Love all of us James,James Jr. Jeremiah, Jalen , Tracey Dad i really miss you and love you very much<3 God Will give us are Strength,

  11. James & Tracey Dear says:

    We miss you Grandpa and love you <3 Love James & Tracey James Jr, Jalen, Jeremiah My Mom loves and misses you <3 love and miss you <3

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