BIG BAY, Mich. - Thomas Charles "Tom" St. John, age 77, of Big Bay, entered eternal life Thursday afternoon, September 6, 2012, at Marquette General Hospital, shortly after admittance.
Born January 23, 1935 in Marquette, a son of Fred and Louise (Vermeulen) St. John, Tom was raised in Marquette and attended the J.D. Pierce School. He left school at age 17, and like so many young men of that era, joined the military. Tom served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, earning his GED while in service. Following his honorable discharge in 1957, he returned to Marquette where he was employed with a cement company for a time before beginning a several year employment with Dresseler Plumbing as a plumber and pipefitter. He later was employed through the local union, retiring eight years ago. A Big Bay resident for over 20 years, Tom was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and all that nature had to offer. He liked nothing better than to tinker and work with his hands.
Tom is survived by his children, Raffealla Hudson of Marquette and her children, Andrew Hudson and Kalysta Smith; foster daughter, Robin Lampinen of Sawyer; foster sons, Bob Hudson of Marquette, Russell Hudson of Harvey and his children Reva and Scott Hudson, Rick Hudson of Harvey and his son, Jeremy Hudson, and Ron Hudson of Marquette. Also surviving are a sister, Betty Lou (Robert) Parks of Portage; and a brother, Fred (Lyrel) St. John of Marquette; a sister-in-law, Jane St. John of Kaukauna, WI; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Mary and her husband, Raymond Thysse; and a brother, Emil St. John.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Bay on Friday, September 14, beginning at 2:00 pm until the time of service at 3:00 pm. A Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at 3:00 pm with Tom's nephew, Deacon Gregg St. John presiding.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com