Tom served in the Army during the Korean War. He was based in Germany and worked as a chaplain’s assistant and a tank commander. Following his service, he graduated from Indiana University. He later led the effort to create the Lansing Sailing Club in 1963, and then served as the club’s first Commodore. He was also a life member of VFW Post #701.
Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marlene M. Braxton; daughter Kim Redzimski and her husband Paul; daughter Becky Feldpausch and her husband Pat; daughter Mary Keating and her husband Reidar; grandchildren Patrick Jr., Abbey, Jacob, Joseph, and Ella; his brother-in-law Jack Phillips; and niece Gloria Phillips. He was preceded in death by his sister Ann Mahoney.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the Toys-for-Tots organization or the Ingham County Humane society.