Thomas Edward Signs

Thomas Edward Signs, 53, passed away at Stoneleigh Residence with Hospice of Lansing after fighting a hard battle with cancer. He walked through the pearly gates of Heaven on February 3rd 2014. He is preceded in death by his father Dale Signs, January 13, 2014.

He was born in Sheridan, MI on September 26, 1960 to his parents Dale and Shirley Signs.  He was raised in Edmore, MI with his siblings. He graduated from Montabella High School in 1979.  Tom worked at Printco in Greenville, MI for 13 years. He lived in Nashville, TN for 15 years continuing to work in the printing industry.  A time came when a change of pace was needed and Tom then worked in the boating-marina business for 10 years.

Tom is survived by his loving family. Wife: Lorraine Dodge; Daughter: Leah Signs;  Stepsons: Brigham Anglea, Jason Woodworth and David Woodworth;  Parent: Shirley Signs;  Brothers: Richard (Dianne) Signs, David (Beth) Signs, Michael Signs, Darren (Rhonda) Signs, Darrin Dodge; Sister: Terry (Peter) Depka; Nieces and nephews: Heather Signs, Tuleisha Signs, Jenny Gough, Karla Signs, Grace Clark, Hannah Dodge, Joey Depka, and Ryan Signs. Grandchildren:  Anna (his Rosebud), Grayson, Austin, Evan, Addison, Alex and Alyssa. Tom also had many close, loving friends he treasured in his beautiful journey called life.

Special thanks and love to his friends and co-workers at Block Imaging in Holt, MI and Bee’s Sporting Goods in St. Johns, MI; Their support and love through this cancer battle has been amazing.

Tom was a loving man and cherished his family, and he will be looking down over them.  He loved the outdoors, boating, hiking, back-packing, camping, and being at the beach.  He loved the open road whether it was going on a road trip to anywhere or on his motorcycle, riding down the shores of Lake Michigan with his brothers or rolling thru the hills of TN with his motorcycle chapter.

Memorial services will be held February 10th 2014 at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Rd. in Lansing, MI 48911. Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m., Service at 12:00 p.m. and a luncheon immediately following after. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of Lansing -Stoneleigh Residence in memory of Tom Signs.

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whitney ritchie-satterfield
February 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

i am so sorry for your loss leah and anna……your are in my thoughts and prayers…..

Tim & Angie Farris
February 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

We will miss Tom down here in Tennessee

Kent & Debra Adair
February 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm

We knew Tom when he lived here in Tn, as well as Leah his sweet daughter. There are no words,other than to say, we are Praying for the entire Signs family,especially his mother & Leah.

Starr Durham
February 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Beautiful tribute! Tom is at peace, in the arms of our Heavenly Father! Thanks be to God.

Darrin Dodge
February 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Tom was a fantastic brother-in-law and friend. Kim and I will miss the chiminea fires and the stories we’d reminisce of our childhood and our respective singing fathers “Signs Family Singers”, “Crystalaires” and “Capitalaires”. I’ve said it before; Life is a temporary assignment, but Tom’s was too short. He had a lot of love, thoughtfulness and encouragement left to give to others…so, we as a family will pick up where he left off.
Sis, I love you!

Jennifer Stewart
February 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

It was a pleasure to get to know Tom! He was so blessed to have Lorraine for his wife.Our prayer are with the family!

(BUG) Sharolyn Schmidt
February 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Such an honor to be a part of the end of Tom’s journey and to be able to spend precious loving moments with such an incredible family! Thank you for sharing!!!

Ron & Shirley Dukes
February 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Tommy was such a nice young man, and will be missed. Prayers for his family. Ron & Shirley Dukes

Jan Dodge
February 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

The obituary is a wonderful tribute to a man who obviously enjoyed life to the fullest, and was loved by family and friends. I’m sorry for your loss, Lorraine. You were a devoted wife to Tom in his time of greatest need. My sympathy to you and to Tom’s entire family.

ausby brewington
February 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Tom was a good man. He’ll be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers are with the signs family during this hard time.

Phyllis Bultema Pisanelli
February 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Tom was a special guy. He did a lot for me when my husband passed away. He will be missed and always loved. Prayers for the family.

Don Burkeen
February 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Tom and I shared a lot of good memories and lots of laughs over the years. He always chose to see the brighter side of life and sought out the best in people. It was an honor to call him a friend and gift to have known him. Cynthia and I love him dearly and will miss him terribly.

Dave Signs
February 6, 2014 at 3:50 am

Tom, I miss you…. I always will.
Love your brother David

Lori Keilen
February 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

Lorraine, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time and the days ahead. Thank you for letting me trim his hair for him. I could feel and see the love and dedication you gave Tom, such a beautiful thing! You take care. Love Lori @ Stoneleigh Residence.

David Woodworth
February 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

Tom was a great Step Dad I will remember him getting into the pool and sitting outside on the patio. My best memory will be us doing the basement together when he was sick and how he had to take breaks but yet was determine to get it done we listened to music song some songs and laughed I will miss you Dad. Thanks for being there when we needed you and I am glad you can finally walk again without any pain. We love you very much!

Becky Joy Qashat
February 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Tom was a fighter. I remember how supportive he was when my father was in the hospital dying. He was a comfort to me and he will be missed.


May God give you the peace and comfort for you and your family.
I Love you both.

Danita Jones
February 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

At this time my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; cherish the memories.

Randy Tammy Kirshman
February 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Leah, We are sorry to hear the news of your dad. You are in our prayers during this difficult time and such sad loss. May your cherished memories get you through this sad time. Remember he will always be with you . Memories never leave 🙂 love you

Richard Langin
February 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I remember Tom living in sheridan and his first motorcycle. Tom was a good man. He always had a smile on his face,something good to say. Tom brightened your day!

Brigham & Mimsi Thompson
February 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Leah – Your father and our good friend, Tom, was an amazing individual. He was like a brother to me and Mimsi, like a son to my Dad and Mom, a respected and revered friend to so many. Truly one of the best men I’ve had the good fortune to know in my lifetime. He was loved dearly and will be truly missed.
Love, Brig & Mimsi


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