Thomas L. Kestenholtz

Thomas Kestenholtz: Lansing native; Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer; Master Electrician; IBEW Local 665 President; Waverly School Board member; Voice of the Waverly Warrior Marching Band; Member of the Shriner’s Scottish Rite; Member of Lodge 179 Free Masons; Motorsport announcer, starter, race driver, race track promoter and owner, died at age 71 on June 22, 2014.

He is survived by his wife Judy and children Sam (Vanessa) and Lyn (Jeff). Tom will be missed.

Services were held at Deepdale Memorial Gardens on June 26, 2014, officiated by the Rev. Andrew Pomerville of The Peoples Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Cardiac Unit, Masonic School for Dyslexia, American Red Cross, or Donor’s Choice.

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Diane Seelman-DeWitt
June 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

Judy and family,
I was so saddened to learn of Tom’s death. Not only did he work for my parents and me at East Lansing Kart Track, our friendship goes back to junior high days. I am praying for all of you in this difficult time. I would very much like to attend the memorial service if I have enough advance notice. It takes 12 hours for me to drive from NC to Lansing. If it is not too much trouble you can reach me at My heart-felt condolences to all of you.

June 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

My condolences at the passing of Tom. My first husband, Larry and I, knew Tom through Spartan Speedway and Rod McLean. He was always at the track helping out in the late 60s.

The Benezettes
July 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

Judy and family. Just saw the announcement in the paper. So sorry for Tom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob, Wendy, Beau, and Zack Benezette


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