Thomas Frank Failing

November 20, 1958March 14, 2021

Thomas Frank Failing, age 62, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert and brother, Robby. He will be remembered by his wife, Suzi; children Aimee (Brian), Nick (Melissa), Kaitlin, Kristin (Nate), Joey (Courtney), Monique (Seth), and Sidney; grandchildren Jaidyn, Maggie, Kenzie, Izzy, Colt, Kevin, Jordyn, and Lily; mother, Sheila; siblings John, twin brother Bruce (Linda), Tim (Kathy), Brian (Julie), and Jamie (Laurie); siblings-in-law, Bette (Win), Jayne, Richard (Laura), Mark, and Jim; and nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Hey, do you know so-and-so? This one phrase could be heard in every conversation with Tom Failing and is a summation of his life and character. Tom loved people, a true servant's heart that beats to one constant rhythm. To serve others, through plumbing, various construction jobs, and more, was how he chose to use much of his time. Although he served on many mission trips to Haiti and Ukraine over the years, West Michigan was his constant mission field of serving others.

Tom was born to Robert and Sheila Failing in 1958 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He was a twin and was number four or seven boys. He was a plumber by trade and a Christian by faith. He faithfully ministered at Byron Center Bible Church as a deacon and usher. Husband, father, and grandfather were roles that Tom held dearly, and to see the love that was shared between his family, especially his grandchildren, was truly special.

Visitation with relatives and friends will take place on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at Byron Center Bible Church, 8855 Byron Center Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Funeral service will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Byron Center Bible Church. When in attendance, we kindly ask that all guests wear a face covering and practice social distancing for their safety and the well-being of the family. Although everyone is welcome to visit, current Health Department ordinances are in effect. Please be mindful of other guests wishing to pay their respects.

In honor of Tom and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to offset funeral expenses. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 20, 2021


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Rev. Bruce Kuiper

March 23, 2021

Tom was a Christian in every way. I worked with him and attended our kids sporting events together. He loved his church, missions, & especially his wife and kids. He did his job with excellence & Grace. All this was possible because -Jesus Christ saved his soul and he colored everything about his life with gratitude for the grace he received.

God was glorified in his life & we all received grace because of it!

I just found out late Saturday night. I will miss you my friend.
Rev. Bruce R. Kuiper
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10

Joe & Germaine Hart

March 20, 2021

On March 4th we first met Tom when he came to our home to install a new shower and plumbing. We were so impressed and pleased with his expertise and work ethic. He made an extra effort to ensure that we still had water even while he worked on putting in the shower so we would not be inconvenienced. He also took the time to show us where the water supply shutoff valve was downstairs. These little thoughtful acts were so appreciated and went beyond what we expected. While he was at our home, his love for his family, the Lord, Dr. Bill TenHaaf and missions came out while we talked. What happy memories we have of this special man!

Joe & Germaine Hart

Steve and Debbie Persenaire

March 19, 2021

Tom was a wonderful example of what it looked like to live the Christian life. He had a servants heart and God used him in many ways at home with his family, at church, on the mission field, and as a plumber. Tom loved his wife Suzie, his children and grandchildren. Tom spoke highly about his family and was very proud of all of them. Tom has been a good friend and loyal employee for 27 years. We miss him so very much.

Doug Roseman

March 18, 2021

I worked with Tom for about 25 years. We started at Persenaire plumbing around the same time. We learned together and took our journeyman test together.
TOM was always reliable and willing to help.
You always knew he was talking to his wife when he ended the call with LOVE YOU, good bye.

Pam and Steve Laperna

March 17, 2021

I could hardly believe when I heard of Tom's passing. Although we haven't seen each other in quite a while, I drive by your house every-so often and think of you both and your family. Many times I prayerfully ask for your well-being as I think fondly of you both while driving by.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers more than ever.
God's Blessings for all of you,
Pam and Steve

Patsy Gates

March 16, 2021

My prayers go out to you, Suzi, and your family. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing. He will be missed. Tom was such a kind, gentle man...he was my plumber and I could always count on him.
There really are no words to say save that I am truly sorry for your loss. Thankful that our God of all Comfort holds you and your family very close.