Thomas was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan and his family later moved to Phoenix Arizona. At age seventeen Tom joined the Navy and served as a nose gunner on a PBM, during WWII.
After discharge from the Navy he returned to Phoenix Arizona, where he met and married the love of his life of 72 years, Virginia Abbott (Martz). Shortly after, his daughter Margaret and son David were born and they relocated as a family to Alaska where they homesteaded on their own island. As a family they later ended up moving to Anchorage Alaska where son’s Paul and Mark were born. Tom was a very successful real estate broker, but the Lord called him into the ministry and he gave it all up and became a minister at Abbott Loop Christian Center.
After the kids were older, Tom and Virginia left Alaska and eventually relocated to Mesa Arizona where Tom became the service distributor for Rainbow vacuums and eventually retired altogether in 2004. Since retirement, both Tom and Virginia had the opportunity to spend time with each of their sons, until Tom’s passing on May 31st 2019.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, his three sons (David, Paul and Mark), 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his daughter Margaret McMillon (Abbott).
Tom was a hardworking man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family, but most importantly loved the Lord with all of his heart. His family takes great comfort knowing he is now rejoicing with the Lord and with his daughter Margaret.