Obituary

Thomas D. Gaastra

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died September 2nd, 2016

Thomas D. “Tom” Gaastra, 81, Gladstone, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Northwoods Place in Escanaba.

Tom was born on April 23, 1935 in Grand Rapids, son of Jan Tabe and Kathryn (VanderWiere) Gaastra. He graduated from High School in Grand Rapids and later earned a bachelor degree from Michigan State University.

Tom served in the U.S. Marines from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1964.

On October 18, 1958, Tom married Judith “Judy” Peterson in Grand Rapids. She preceded him in death in 1992.

Tom and Judy raised their family in Warren, MI and he was employed as a corporate executive for Chrysler before his retirement in 1999.

In 2005, Tom moved to Gladstone to enjoy his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and restoring jeeps.

Among survivors include his two daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Whitney of Newmarket, New Hamphire and Kristi (John) Haupt of Rochester Hills, MI; two grandchildren, Courtney and Alexa Haupt; and brother, Dale Gaastra.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Judy.

Tom’s family will greet family and friends from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 3 p.m.

Burial will take place at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy, MI.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Gaastra family.

2 Tributes to “Thomas D. Gaastra”

  1. Dear family and friends of Tom.
    Sorry for your loss. I’ve known Tom for approximately 16 years going into Discount Marine in Madison Heights and of course Bark River. I’ve always enjoyed his common sense, work ethic and political views. I will surely miss him and our prayers are with the family and friends that are left with a big hole in their hearts.

  2. Dear Gaastra family, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. It’s heartbreaking to read of such sad news, and I know you must be going through an extremely difficult time. May Jehovah, “the God of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” be with your family. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) He is aware of the pain you are feeling. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds.”These are just a few of many scriptures that has brought comfort to my family during times of bereavement. I hope that they bring comfort to your family as well.

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