Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Thomas Dale Wolfe

June 29, 1955January 29, 2020
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Thomas Dale Wolfe, born in Milwaukee, WI, spent his adult life in the greater Lansing area. He graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Tom had a 45 year career with MPC Cashway Lumber after graduating Lansing Catholic Central. Tom was lucky enough to marry the love of his life, Marie, on July 11, 1992. Together, the two of them were avid travelers, recently reaching the milestone of touching all 50 states. Having lived in Japan in high school, he was fond of exploring the world. There was nothing he and Marie enjoyed more than having a house full of grandkids or taking off in a convertible together to explore the country. As a devout Michigan State fan, Tom was frequently watching and going to MSU basketball and football games with his children and grandchildren. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marie and his children Eliot (Jen), Eric, Scott (Neesha) and Alicia (Amin). Tom will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren Brandon, Isabella, Liam, Landen, Bradley and Nora. He is survived by his siblings Mary Jo (Jerry), Rick (Sue), Brian (Mel), and Cari and his mother Sue. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe. Tom was the foundation for all those around him. His sense of humor was infectious and brought everyone together. The family appreciates those being here today with us to help remember Tom and celebrate his life.

Funeral service at Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing, Tuesday at 2 p.m. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.greastlansing.com


  • Eliot Wolfe
  • Eric Wolfe
  • Scott Wolfe
  • Amin Tayebi
  • Brandon Wolfe
  • Matt Turpin
  • Joe Wolfe


  • Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Thomas Dale Wolfe

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Patricia Turpin

February 5, 2020

In 1973, my husband and I were married in the chapel at People's Church, East Lansing, and Tom played the guitar and sang at the service. It was perfect and is such a beautiful memory.
Over the years he became a good friend and although as the years progressed we saw him less often, we always just picked up where we left off. He was incredibly friendly and always so kind. He loved his children enormously and I was happy for the love he found with Marie. To see them together was to see joy. Joe and I will have only good memories of Tom. Love to Marie and all the family.
Pat Turpin

Shantel Hamilton

February 4, 2020

I've been lucky enough to call the Wolfes friends for many years. Mr. Wolfe has always been the most kind and joyful person to be around. He always had a smile on his face and made you feel so welcome. What a blessing it was to know such kindness.

Dawn Edwards-Kellum

February 4, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Derick Smith

February 2, 2020

Uncle Tom was an awesome Uncle. I always loved when Uncle Tom would come to Vegas I liked watching him play poker and try to strike it rich even though he bet in pennies. I will never forget when Uncle Tom used to take me around the block in my wagon. Also I will never forget when we played baseball or football in the side yard, then after we were done we would have a picnic in the motor home. We went hiking together he love Red Rock. Uncle Toms most recent visit him and Aunt Rea were looking at retirement homes and they told me to run out of the car and get papers to look at every house they pulled up to I had fun that day. I just loved spending time with my Uncle Tom. Even when catching frogs in Michigan. I will always remember you and love you Uncle Tom. I will miss you.

Rolette Hancke

February 2, 2020

Tom, thanks for the doughnuts you brought us at the kitchen. You will be missed!
I send out my deepest sympathy to a dear friend, Marie and his family.

Brandon Wolfe

February 2, 2020

Pa, thank you for being the best grandpa in the world. I always loved coming over and seeing you. You taught me how to play guitar and would always play guitar with me. You and grandma would always take me on super cool trips. Like when we went to California, Nevada, and Arizona. You would always make those trips super fun. Whenever I was feeling down you would always find a way to cheer me up. During the summertime we would always go to Dairy Dan's. Whenever I needed help studying you would be more than happy to help me. You were always the best grandpa in the world and I will always love you and miss you so much. ♥

Marta Haedo

February 2, 2020

It is so hard to write about Tom, knowing you have died
Since 1971 when I stayed in the Wolfe 's house at Traverse City, I felt a specially connetion with Tom
At 1978 went together to Niagara Falls and Detroit
In 1992 my daughters an I went to Lansing and spent two weeks A great time with Tom , Marie and their kids
Tom was always smiling and joking, and I going to remember him as a great person , who cared about others, excellent father, best son an brother, and loving husband
Miss you so much, dear brother!!!
My condolences for his loving family

Isabella Wolfe

February 2, 2020

Pa, I will remember all the fun times we had. I loved going out to dinner with you and staying at your house on the weekends. Thank you for buying me Robux for my game. You always knew how to make me laugh. I will always be your "Isabeller".

I love you Pa and I will always remember you.

Love Isabella.

Liam & Landen Wolfe

February 2, 2020

We loved spending the night at your house. You would always get us doughnuts in the morning. We loved how you cheered us on at our games. You were an awesome grandpa and we will miss you so much.
Love you forever,
Liam & Landen

Jen Wolfe

February 2, 2020

Tom, I will always miss you. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have known you. You were an amazing Father in law. You were an AMAZING grandfather. Thank you for always being there for us. I also want to thank you for being a second home for Brandon and Isabella. We will miss you. It is not the same without you here.
Love your daughter in law, Jen.