Thomas James Ammel

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died June 29th, 2019

Thomas James “Tommy” Ammel, 70, of Escanaba, MI, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at U.P. Health System – Marquette from congestive heart failure.

He was born on June 5, 1949 in Escanaba, son of Bernard and Eleanor (Garrett) Ammel Sr.

Tom graduated from Holy Name School in 1967 and attended Western Michigan University.  He was a lifelong resident of Escanaba, MI.

Tom worked for a variety of businesses in our community over the years.  He began his career with Ammel Distributing Co and then was a brakeman for Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.  Tom was a people person and everyone enjoyed him over the years as he managed the Highland Golf Club and the Elks Lodge 354.  In more recent years, he worked for Stupak and Bergman Law Firm and Delta Disposal.

He enjoyed golfing and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  Tom followed all sports, had a love for reading, was a history buff.   Spending time with his family and friends brought him great joy.  Tom had a gift of music and shared his singing ability with many people as he enjoyed being a part of the Remnants Barbershop Chorus.  In his younger years, Tom could often be found enjoying a PBR.

Tom was a member of the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354, he was a Past Exalted Ruler and Northwest District Grand Exalted Ruler,  and Stewart.  He was also involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Highland Golf Club, the Escanaba Country Club, and was a volunteer at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was an active member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church.  Tom served as an usher, was in the church choir and often helped in the kitchen during church events.

If you met Tom you were lucky, if you knew him you were even luckier.

Among survivors include his life partner, Marge Derkos of Escanaba, siblings Bernard (Kay) Ammel Jr., Daniel (Margaret) Ammel, Robert (Peggy) Ammel, Stephen (Brenda) Ammel and Patti Ammel, all of Escanaba, MI and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 2nd from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba, MI.  The Elks memorial service will be at 3 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church with Rev. Eric Olson officiating.  A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery next to his parents at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ammel family and a memorial in Tom’s name will be established at a later date.

A message of condolence may be directed to

Per Tommy’s voice message:  Tommy’s not here anymore – “But Go Pack Go”.



12 Tributes to “Thomas James Ammel”

  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Tommy.I loved his smile and his larger than life personality.I will miss your laugh Tommy.Rest in Peace my friend

  2. Sorry to hear of tommy passing he was a great person .we had a lot of fun working with him at the elks club.may he Rest In Peace now

  3. Tommy was gregarious and lovable. He was always smiling and had a good story to tell you. My condolences to his family. He was one of a kind and he will be most certainly a shining star in the heavenly wonder.

  4. Tommy, we didn’t get to see you much after we moved away, but on the occasions we did get together, it was just like old times – a flood of fond memories – like the time you came knocking on the door, after the bars closed, with a “pitcher to go” in a plastic bag! Classic Tommy Ammel. We’ll miss you, buddy. Hope to see you on the other side – we’ll bring a “pitcher to go!” Rest in peace, my friend. Love, Tom and Linda.

  5. This is a man who will truly be missed by many. He always had a smile on his face, it was contagious. You are in God’s hands now. Peace and no more pain. Johnny V, I’m sure will have a PBR with you! Rest in peace…

  6. Sad to see Tommy pass. I knew Tom for most of my life, from the years he worked for my father, and the Elks.

    Tom was a warm man, who had a genuine heart. I will miss him.

  7. In 1971 Gary Seehafer and I were basically adopted by the Ammel family. I found their love of family, friends, good times and Pabst beer to be unmatched by anyone I ever knew. Since those early years Tommy and I developed a deep friendship. We tended bar together and he was my greatest challenge playing “Name that Tune”. We lived together at the Ford River Beach House and I shared many a “Spak and a Saz” with him at 3:00 a.m. after he closed the Elks. He never had a negative word about anyone and he possessed the biggest heart of anyone I knew. One quick story, it was Sunday a.m. late at the Beach House, we both were super hung over. From his bedroom he called out, “I’ll buy, you fly. I responded, “maybe in 10 hours and fell back to sleep. A while later i heard a car horn blasting away over and over. I finally got up to check the disturbance and saw an Escanaba taxi n the driveway. After I turned Tommy down, he got up, ordered $30.00 worth of food from Big Boy and had a taxi deliver the order, Classic Tommy. Thank you for all the laughter and friendship. On behalf of my wife Nancy, we will miss you my friend.

  8. Tommy was a chum, cousin, brother, and probably one of those people that enter our lives only once. New him, loved him, respected him, and will truly miss him. God bless you, and RIP.

  9. To the Ammel Family and Marge,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences. My memories of Tom and our sporting trips, the Elks and so many other events will stay with me forever. He was definitely one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

  10. Marge, I was so sorry to read of Tommy’s passing. He was such a great man. I enjoyed working with him at Stupak & Bergman. One of his jobs was to interview the clients at the jail. He came back to the office one day and said an inmate didn’t have any shoes so Tommy went home and brought him a pair of his own tennis shoes. That was Tommy, always ready to give the shirt off his back (or shoes) if someone needed it. Just know that you have people praying for you Marge. Now my sister Barb who is up in Heaven will have Tommy to watch the Packer games with. Tommy often told me about the Ice Bowl game he attended. Tommy will be missed by many people, me included. Marge I know how much it hurts to lose the man you love as my husband Al passed away on May 6th. God Bless you.

  11. I was so sorry to read of Tommy’s death. I worked with Tommy at Stupak & Bergman. He was such a great guy. He will be missed by many. One of his jobs was to interview clients at the jail. There was a man there that didn’t have any shoes so Tommy went home and got him a pair of his tennis shoes and gave the shoes to the inmate. That’s Tommy. He would give you the shirt off his back (or shoes) if you needed it. Marge, I know what it’s like to lose the one you love. Al just passed away May 6th. You are in my thoughts.

  12. Ammel family and Marge…..sorry so late to respond but just read. Kelly and I send our deepest sympathies. He was a great guy, loved by many. Sorry for your loss (but go Pack go)…Butchie will be up there watching games too.

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