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Thomas Alan Ames

April 25, 1947August 13, 2013

Thomas Alan Ames, 66, born April 25, 1947, passed away August 13,2013. Mr. Ames was a decorated Vietnam Campaign veteran, earning a Bronze Star, a Good conduct Medal and Combat Medic Badge. He was an avid woodworker; member of the Michigan National Guard for more than 20 years; retired from Meijer as a department manager; worked for many years at Family Dollar; and, Coscarelli's Restaurant & Lounge. He loved his grandchildren more than anything. He was preceded in death by his father Leo Ames and brother Michael Ames. Surviving are his son, Todd (Bethany) Ames of Dansville; daughter Tammy (Jeff) Hauke of Algonac; 3 grandchildren, Amanda Wilk, Jon Ames and Grace Ames; mother, Marion Ames; brothers, John (Dianne) Ames and David (Char) Ames; and sister-in-law, Star Ames. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00PM Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3734 Mason/Holt, 1111 N. Cedar ,Mason, MI with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 17, 2013


Thomas Alan Ames

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August 16, 2013

Tom and I were great friends back in jr. high and high school. He was a super guy! Unfortunately, we went separate ways after school and never had the opportunity to speak again, but as I read I've learned we were both serving in Vietnam about the same time. To bad we didn't know it. I have fond memories of Tom and I'm sorry to hear of his passing. A hero died today!
Mark Van Deventer (Port Orange, FL)

Dave Evert

August 15, 2013

Tom worked for me at Family Dollar. I have many fond memories of that time we worked together. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family

Sherri (Ames) Lantinga

August 15, 2013

I'm sorry that Uncle Tom is gone but glad his pain is over. I have enjoyed getting to know him more in recent years - his sass and sense of humor have been wonderful. Strength and peace to you all.


August 15, 2013

May God almighty, the hearer & comforter of all prayers comfort you & your family in this time of need. Psalm 145:18.

Ethel Brooks

August 15, 2013

My condolences to Todd and Tammy and their families. Tom was a good ex brother in law. He was a good man!!!! Cancer may have taken him from us, but he will ALWAYS BE WATCHING FROM HEAVEN. May he rest in peace. I know he is up there watching over his children & grandchildren. That was just the kind of man he was!!! GOD BLESS and be with you all at this time.
Ethel Brooks

Dave Ames

August 14, 2013

God has taken your pain brother. We will miss you greatly but are content in knowing you are with God in peace. Thank you for your service to our country. I will always remember my childhood with you with a smile on my face.

Kristine Guthrie

August 14, 2013

God bless and be with Tom's family and friends. We were class mates and good friends. We would often chat at Meijers when he worked there. I had no idea he was so ill or the circumstances surrounding his illness. I'm sure the Lord has another medal for him in heaven. I will probably see him soon. Love to all.
Kristine J. Guthrie (Carpenter)

Gary Weeber

August 14, 2013

I am very sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. I was a classmate of Tom's at Okemos High School. Although I have had no personal contact with him since high school, he did recently inform me that he wanted to attend the next high school reunion if his disease would allow. I am saddened that I will not be able to say hello again. My most sincere condolences to loving friends and family.

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