MARQUETTE, Mich. - Thomas R. Mathie, age 70, of Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday, August 11, 2012, at his home.
Born May 23, 1942, in Detroit, a son of Theodore and Alada Irene (Crawford) Mathie, Tom was raised in Troy and graduated from the Warren High School. He later attended Wayne State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. For over 36 years, Tom served as a veterans service representative for the Michigan Employment Security Commission, assisting veterans with employment, benefits, compensation, and training. He began his career working in Bay City and then moved to Marquette where his offices were, at first, headquartered in the old orphanage building. He retired ten years ago. Tom has been described by his children as a man born to wander. Throughout his life, he was especially fond of traveling and, whether by car or on his motor scooter, he made extensive travels, often beginning the trip not knowing the destination. He simply loved to drive, anywhere, anytime, often without a reason - pure adventure and living the philosophy, "not all that wander are lost." He was known to have driven long distances just to say he had been there. Having grown up in the Detroit area, he played baseball in his younger years and later in life was a devoted Detroit Tiger fan. He also believed that a good cup of coffee was necessary to daily living and had his set of cronies that he joined daily for coffee klatches in various local restaurants. Tom was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, staunchly defending its views, and spent countless relaxing hours target shooting. And, although never a veteran of the military, Tom was very patriotic and supportive of the troops, and proud of his own sons' service to our country. However, the love and light of his life was his grandchildren. He was never more excited than when attending the grandkids events or anything grandkid related. He simply could not get enough of them, nor they of him.
Tom is survived by his children, daughter, Belinda (Brian Haag) Mathie of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Timothy (Elizabeth) Mathie and Allan Mathie of Marquette; James Mathie serving with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii, and Richard Mathie serving in the U.S. Air Force in Ellsworth, S.D.; his "favorites," the grandkids, Tyler, Owen, Adalyn, Andrew, Jocelyn, Ryan, Kaylee, and Wyatt; his sister, Barbara Burns of Waterford; and brother, Raymond Mathie of Troy. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Kenneth Burns.
Thomas R. Mathie
The family will receive friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Leon Jarvis, Marquette General Hospital chaplain, will preside. Inurnment will be made in the West Berlin Cemetery in St. Clair County.
In lieu of flowers, support the NRA.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com