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Thomas K. Vandegrift

Thomas K. Vandegrift, of Canton, Michigan formerly of Chelsea, MI, age 85, passed away in Canton, Michigan on August, 4, 2019. He was born the son of Lynn T. and Katherine (Schrauder) Vandegrift on September 19, 1933. On June 28, 1958, he married Joan P. Struble, and she survives.

Tom proudly served in the United States Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne. He was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed watching any sport  U of M was playing (especially football). Tom enjoyed woodworking, gardening, painting, puzzles, and western movies. Tom had many accomplishments during his life including: as a partner in an advertising company and as a talented architect and graphic designer, and he also carefully restored a Centennial farm in Chelsea which was the family home for many years.

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his children Brian (Charlotte) Vandegrift, Lorrie (Craig) Thams, Lisa (Matt) DeDona, and Kevin (Kristen) Vandegrift. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeff, Shane, Lindsay, Sara, Molly, Evan, Max, Peyton, Brynn and Ellery; great-grandchildren Grant and Madelyn, along with two brothers Charles (Susan) Vandegrift and John Vandegrift; as well as lifelong friend, Stan (Elaine) Rogers.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with the V. Rev. Canon William J. Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary starting at 7:30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation.

 

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0 #4 PAUL MANSKE 2019-08-07 14:06
Celebrate this great man's life. He definitely deserves this. I know he loved his family and will look down and like what he sees. Revel in the fact that we will all meet again. RIP Tom. Hold together and remain strong. Love ya.
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0 #3 Robert & Kay Struble 2019-08-06 19:13
Dear Joan and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you for the passing of Tom.....husband, dad and grandpa. You all have special family memories to keep Tom close to your heart. May memories comfort now in your sadness and in the days to come.....

In sympathy, Bob and Kay
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0 #2 Kathy Wagner 2019-08-06 19:13
My deepest sympathy to the Vandegrift family. Tom was like a 2nd father to me while Lorrie and I grew up together as the best of friends. He always had a smile and a hug for me at the many family gatherings at which I was so graciously welcomed over the years. He will be greatly missed. Much love to my "other" family as you grieve his loss.
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0 #1 Elton R Manske 2019-08-06 18:44
Our family is saddened by Thomas' untimely passing. We wish the entire family the peace and the Grace of the Lord during this trying time.

Elton, Isabel, Michael, and Marie Manske
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