WHICHARD, THOMAS. F.
1/21/1928 – 3/8/20
Preceded in death by beloved wife, Jean M. Whichard; devoted father to Susan (Dan “Pat”) Babin of Grandville, MI, and John T. (Nancy) Whichard of Coto de Caza, CA; Loving grandfather to Drew (Sarah) Babin, Jenn (Rob) Moynihan, Kathryn “Katie” (Ken) Landry, and Johnny Whichard; Step-grandfather to Michael (Amanda) Babin and Derek (Cara) Babin; and enough great-grandchildren to keep him forever young. An unwavering patriot, Tom served as an ROTC commander and a Marine Corps Staff Sargent during WWII. Studies at Wayne State and Cornell Universities contributed to his success as an executive in the metals service center industry. Tom is also survived by many lifelong friends and those at Cascade Country Club with whom he laughed, dined, golfed and played gin. He was a mentor and inspiration to many, the ultimate optimist, and no one would argue that “Everyone loved Tommy.” Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 11 from 6-8 pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 am at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, Rev. Leonard Sudlik officiating, with the family greeting friends and family at 10:00 am. Private interment will take place at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P O Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675.