Thomas W. Allen

August 25, 1946October 8, 2011

Thomas Wilmott Allen, 65, of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away at his home on October 8th in the care of his family after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Tom was born to the late Bill and Alice Allen on August 25, 1946 in Jackson, MI. Tom graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Jackson and went on to receive a Bachelors in Business from Cleary College, where he met Cheryl Lipar. Tom and Cheryl were married on April 12, 1969 and lived on several different military bases throughout the country before settling in Ann Arbor, after Tom had received an honorable discharge and completed his service. Tom enjoyed a successful career as an insurance agent with Finn’s Insurance Agency in Ann Arbor. Prior to this, he and Cheryl were proprietors of the Liberty Music Shop, where he shared his passion for music with many. In addition, Tom spent over 30 years at the University of Michigan Hospital serving as a pastoral care giver. He was devout Catholic and shared his faith and love for his family through his service to others and as a volunteer for Marriage Encounter. Tom had a love for golf and serving others and used these gifts as the golf coach at Father Gabriel Richard High School for over 10 years. He was honored in 2011 by being inducted into the Father Gabriel Richard Hall of Fame as well as the Diocese of Lansing Catholic League Coaches Hall of Fame. Tom is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his sister, Mary Jo Keffer of Rockford, IL; his sons, Patrick, Jason, Christopher, and daughter-in-law, Anna; and his six grandchildren, Joseph, Noah, Andrew, Allison, Carson, and Connor. Tom was a loving husband, brother, father, and friend to many. The family is requesting that donations be made out to the Washtenaw Alano Club (995 N. Maple Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 PM and 6:30 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Muehlig Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday morning at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Burial will take place on Thursday at 12:00 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Henry Aldridge

April 1, 2012


I had no idea that Tom had passed away until this morning. He was a wonderful individual and made a real contribution to this community. I will treasure my days with him at Liberty Music Shop.

Joe O'Connor

October 18, 2011

Tom and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Jackson and went to St.Mary's until we graduated in 1964.Tom was a leader then and throughout his life. He will be missed. He is in God's hands. Rest in peace my friend. Both Connie and I will miss you.

Pat (Rulewicz) Lammers

October 18, 2011

Mary Jo & family,
So sorry to hear about your brother's death.
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

October 17, 2011

Dear Cheryl,

Although we didn't have the pleasure of knowing you socially we always enjoyed seeing you and Tom in church over the years especially at U of M Hospital. Tom always was so warm and kind to our children and we always appreciated his giving spirit. God bless Tom and all of your family.
Peter and Erin Savarino ( Ann Arbor)

Ernestine Spruce

October 16, 2011

Dear Cheryl, I enjoyed so much when you and Tom served as Eucharistic Ministers at St. Thomas. Your love for our Lord and for each other radiated through your beautiful faces. Tom was always so pleasant when the three of us walked together to our cars after mass.

I am so happy that now he is in Heaven and from there he will watch over you and your sons and anyone of us who will ask him to advocate for us.
Rest in peace, Tom. You have earned your heavenly reward.

October 14, 2011

Cheryl, Patrick, Jason and Chris,

I am so sorry to here about Tom, he was like a brother to me growing up. I am so sorry I was not there I just found out. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Jonathan, Theresa, Luke, & Audrey Dennis

October 14, 2011

Mrs. Allen, Pat, Jason, and Chris,
We are very sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our prayers always.

October 14, 2011

Dear Cheryl and family,
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Tom's earthly death but he now has new life in Heaven. Bob K. let me know about Tom and daughter, Michelle, sent me an e-mail of the obit. I am so sorry for your loss! My love and prayers to you and your boys. Arlouine Glass

October 13, 2011

Cheryl,Patrick,Jason and Chris: I was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I know he is in Heaven...where else would such a good man be? He was a good friend to us when Greg was on the tennis team at GR and even before that. We will ALL miss him.
Mary Hendricks,Ypsilanti

Tony & Julie Redente

October 13, 2011

Cheryl and family, We were blessed to have known Tom and share in a small part the walk of faith that he lived out daily. He was a very special man and touched many lives. We know your loss is great and pray for God's gentle hands of love and compassion be with you. We know that all those special memories of his life will live on in your hearts forever. Love & prayers, Tony & Julie Redente