Thomas Frank Roush

Dimondale, Michigan.

Born, January 7, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late John Whitney and Mercedes (Walters) Roush passed away , at age 63, at his home on Saturday, December 7, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Tom moved to the Lansing area when he was hired by the Lansing Fire Department. He loved the City of Lansing and felt fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work, for 28 years, in a job he loved. Immediately after his retirement in 2005, he began a second career as an instructor at the Lansing Community College Fire Academy.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Susan Crimmins Roush; their two sons, Thomas F. (Danielle) Roush II, Jared W. Roush; granddaughter, Ila S. Roush; sister, Mary (Joe) Karey; brother, John Whitney (Sandra) Roush; sister, Beverly (Rich) Bousson; father-in-law, William Crimmins; in-laws, Maureen (Bob) Farag, Joanne Crimmins, Elizabeth (Michael) Cunningham, Claire (Duane) Panazzo, Michael (Kelly) Crimmins, Regina (Greg) Gardiner, Mary (John) Starks, William (Linda) Crimmins, and many loving nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his nephew, John Whitney Roush, III.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. John Klein at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Tuesday from 2:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service to be held at 7:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing by friends and family.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Tom, to ALS of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Hwy. – Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075


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Ray and Susan Tyle
December 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Ray and me attended st Gerard’s grade school with Tom .We and all that attended St Gerard’s will always be part of a special family from that school. Interesting that his memorial Mass is at a St Gerard’s,church not in Detroit but in Lansing. Tom was a fiery person and his coloring showed it, his excitement would produce bright red in his cheeks .He had an wonderful personality and a laugh and smile that made you smile back. I recall that to be a hard thing when the nuns were watching and wanting our best behavior, back in the school days. Ray and I are deeply touched at this news. we will hold his memory close with love in our hearts until we meet again

Debbie (Rose) Peak
December 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

With a heavy heart and tears I write….I’ve known Tom and all the “Crew” gang for over 40 years and can honestly say Tommy (as the girls called him) was the most charming, nice, generous, funny, caring, did I mention funny, man I had the pleasure of calling my friend. Albeit, Lansing has been his home for many years, he always came to all the Detroit area get-togethers with old friends, as our bond is strong. The neighborhood and friendships we all grew up with… is a gift not everyone has the honor of bestowing. I’m feeling blessed to have last seen Tom & Susan in Traverse City June 22 for a wonderful Wine Fest and Rodriquez concert…it was a special day! Many Happy Cherished Memories in my heart forever…. Prayers & Hugs to Susan and your beautiful family XoXo

Don and Jean Joseph
December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He would always stop and talk when riding his bike in the subdivision. What a nice man, he will be missed.

Greg and Patty Keast
December 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

My Heart Aches at the loss of a man I consider to be a Brother Fighter Fighters but also one of my Best Friends. Tom’s sense of humor and wit defined his personality. His lust for life made for many good times. Tom was instrumental in organizing Tiger Baseball trips, Deer Hunting trips Glen Lake trips, and how about the first Firefighter pinic at Delta Mills Park, which included a Dunk Tank, Tom even drove to Detroit to get the Perfect Coney Dog Sauce for the Firefighters Hot Dog stand at Riverfest. Tom Loved his family above all else, He also Loved being a Fire Fighter. I remember Tom telling me that he applied at every Fire Department from Detroit to Lansing. Finally Lansing called his name. How fortunate for us. Being a new kid is not always easy but he gave as good as he got. Coming up through the ranks Tom could always relate to younger firefighters, this made him an excellent Lieutenant, Captain and Instructor. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Susan, Tommy, and Jared. We will miss Tom terribly

Greg and Pat Keast

Steve Ernat & Karen Atkins
December 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

Dear Bev and Rich,
Karen and I were saddened to hear of the passing of your brother Tom. You and your family have been in our prayers, and please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
With much sympathy and condolences, Love, Steve and Karen

Barb and Gavin Sanders
December 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

We’ve known your family for over 20 years. Where has the time gone. From our kids in grade school through spots. Sitting in the stands together and cheering on our kids. And, of course, you can’t forget all the years of taking the kids around for Halloween. Candy for the kids and of course “beverages” for the adults. Susan, Tommy, Jared I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Luana Luckhard
December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Bev, Rich and family:

My sincereres condolences for the loss of your brother, Tom.

I will be thinking of and praying for you and your family, through
this difficult time.

Love in Christ,


Rose Rife, RRT
December 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

My deepest sympathy for the entire family. May God comfort you and give you peace.


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