Thomas F. “Tom” Bjorkquist, 69, of Flat Rock, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at U.P. Health System – Marquette.
He was born on April 21, 1947 in Escanaba, son of Francis W. and Ann Marie (Hebert) Bjorkquist. Tom was a graduate of Escanaba High School, class of 1966. He was involved with many athletics during his high school career, including basketball, football and track and started in the first Escanaba vs. Holy Name football game as tight end. He also was a member of the “E” Club and Orange and Black Club and had roles in the plays of “South Pacific” and “The King and I”. During the summers of his junior and senior years he worked as a lifeguard for the city of Escanaba.
Following graduation he took a job as a weight casting estimator for Ladish Drop Forge Co. in Cudahy, WI in 1967. After a year, he returned to Escanaba and began working at Harnischfeger Co. as a machine operator. In 1969, he moved back to Wisconsin to become a machine operator for Boeyrus Erie in South Milwaukee and then six months later went to work for American Can Company as a double seamer mechanic.
In 1970, Tom moved back to Flat Rock and started working for Mead Paper Company. He started January 11, 1971 in the old pulp mill. He then worked in the maintenance carpenter shop for over 32 years and ended up as a first class mechanic. He retired after 37 1/2 years at Mead on September 1, 2008. He’s a member of the company’s 25 year club and the Sportman’s Association.
Tom loved working on his two 1967 Olds 442. He was an active member of the Krusin Klassics and National Muscle Car Association. He enjoyed hunting but his favorite past time was visiting with his sons and grandchildren.
Among survivors include his two sons, Thomas D. (Nicki) Bjorkquist and their three children, Ariel, Alyssa and Hunter of Cheyenne, WY and Eric A. Bjorkquist and his son, Ayden of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; two brothers, Vern (Maggie) Bjorkquist of LaCrosse, WI and Francis (fiancée, Mickey) Bjorkquist of Escanaba; mother in law, Elvira Skorupski of Cornell; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, John; father in law, Joseph Skorupski; and brother in law, Michel Skorupski.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 21st from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.
Burial will follow on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Escanaba Twp. Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom’s name may be directed to the Krusin Klassics. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Bjorkquist family.