Mr. Thomas Michael Dalton died peacefully on April 14, 2021, in Lansing, MI, at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; children, Jennifer, Christina, Joshua, and Cassandra; daughter-in-law, Ashleigh, and son-in-law, Christopher; grandchildren, Christian and James; and siblings, Laura, Kevin, and Chris.
Thomas was born on November 14, 1951, in Hammond, Indiana, to Thomas and Joan Dalton. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation. Thomas was a dedicated Vietnam War Veteran who served in the United States Navy from July 1969 – August 1973. He completed his Naval Academy Basic Training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, IL. After completing his basic training, Thomas was stationed at the Military Ocean Terminal Base Camp in Bayonne, New Jersey. Thomas met his wife, Deborah Lee, in Daytona Beach, FL, on March 23, 1976, and a year later they wed on December 10, 1977. They were happily married for 43 years. Thomas and Deborah welcomed four children into their home. As a grandfather, father, and husband, Thomas was a man of love, honor, respect, and wholeheartedness. He worked for General Motors for 31 years. After retiring from GM, he went on to work for Enterprise, a job he loved. He had a love for sports (e.g., golf, football, and basketball) that could only be matched for a love for his family.
Thomas will be remembered as a loving, friendly, kind-hearted, faithful, easy-going man and known for telling jokes, stories, and listening to oldies. It is his love, warm smile and his infectious laugh that will be missed dearly. Nonetheless, Thomas now has a place in Heaven and is reunited with his grandparents, parents, and fallen Navy comrades. May God rest his soul and always remember our love for him.
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel (325 W. Washtenaw Street, Lansing, MI 48933). Pastor Robert Jenkins of Victory in Jesus Ministries will officiate the ceremony at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Thomas’s life. The family is asking to please send any and all donation to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. All other gifts/flowers should be sent to Mrs. Deborah Dalton at 4229 Oakcrest Dr. Lansing, MI 48917. Live Stream will be provided by Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, live stream.