Thomas John Blessing
July 9, 1942 – March 5, 2018
Thomas John Blessing, 75, of St. Johns, MI passed away on March 5, 2018. He was born in Phoenix, AZ on July 9, 1942 to Eugene Oliver and Georgia Helen (Lane) Blessing. Tom proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War. He was a multitalented artist: wood carver, cartoonist, portrait artist. Tom was also a motorcycle enthusiast. He worked at several careers during his lifetime, all of which reflected his life’s passions. He was a pin-striper, an award winning custom motorcycle painter, a sign maker, and a truck driver. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene; sisters, Sandra, Carol; brother, Dick; close friend, Wayne Winton. He is survived by wife, Dianne; sons, Thomas (Jessica Rudloff) Blessing, Samuel Blessing, Raymond Blessing; grandchildren, Iris Blessing, Adon Blessing, Jonathon Blessing. Service details will be updated soon. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Paws With A Cause National Headquarters; 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49348. Fond memories and condolences may be shared at www.grdewitt.com
- Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018
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March 16, 2018
Tom, you were more a brother than a brother-in-law. Dick & I remember the special times we spent together even though they were not many, as miles often separated us. Growing up in Phoenix & later you had your ups & challenges in life, but always met special people through your talents & artistic endeavors. In San Diego, CA you met the special person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with. You & Dianne made a good home for yourselves in Michigan & raised two boys. You loved working out in the yard & remodeling the houses. You spent hours in your shop, building & carving pieces of wood you'd find in the country side into to art. You became a big part in your grandson lives. John & Adon loved coming home from school to spend quality time with grandpa & going on trips. You had a wonderful life, Now you, Dick & your sisters are together again.
Tom I will miss you along with your brother Dick, my husband. Love, Dodie
March 10, 2018
We have so many memories growing up with you and Aunt Dianne. Big hugs as soon as we would walk in the door, biscuits and gravy in the mornings, and sneaking snacks out of the cupboard. You always welcomed us when we would come and stay. So many Thanksgivings, Easters, and weekend trips spent with you. We’re going to miss you so much Uncle Tom. Rest easy. ❤️
March 9, 2018
I don't even know how to start this. This has been tougher than I could imagine and it really sucks. My Dad was such a good father. He let me become my own person and no matter how weird I may have been, how many mistakes I made or however I chose to live my life, I always knew how proud he was of having me as his son and how much he loved me. He was a hard working man who always made sure his family was taken care of. He's the reason I have the work ethic I do. He was loyal to his wife, his family, and his values. He showed me that you can be rebellious while still being respectful. He was such an amazing talented artist across so many platforms and I'm continually amazed by every new item I come across, and quite frankly very jealous. I only existed in the later half of his life but as a I find more out about his younger years, he continues to impress me in what he's accomplished and I can only hope to live a life half as full as his. He has been to the other side of the world and back and left his mark on so many people along the way. He was one of the toughest strongest people I knew and it took a handful of issues together to finally make him give up, and even then he lasted longer than anyone expected. But he went peacefully and I know he's reunited with so many loved ones on the other side, I know he's at peace now and doesn't have to live in pain anymore. He lived a life longer and greater than he ever expected and I'm very thankful I was a part of it. I love my Dad so much and I'm really going to miss him. I will never forget him. Fair winds and following seas Dad.