Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Thomas Richard Madill

October 25, 1940October 6, 2019

Thomas Richard Madill, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Born October 25, 1940 in Lansing to Richard and Mary (Porter) Madill, Tom was a proud Navy veteran and a longtime Oldsmobile and GM employee. He enjoyed reading, Sudoku puzzles, and traveling anywhere warm, especially during Michigan winters. Tom was an avid boater who enjoyed "putz-ing" around Higgins Lake with an ice cold beverage (or two).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline "Peggy" Madill in 2007, and his parents.

Tom will be lovingly remembered by his three sons, Bryce (Teresa), Craig (Tamara), and David (Holly) Madill; his grandchildren, Taylor, Evelyn, Ellery, Lucas, and Piper; his brothers, Gregory (Karen) and James Madill; his sister, Jean (Herb) Smith; and his significant other, Liz Karkau.

A Celebration of the Lives of Tom and Peggy will be held on October 30, 2019 from 3pm until 7pm at the Watertown Township Hall, 12803 South Wacousta Road in Grand Ledge.

In accordance with Tom's wishes, the family requests no flowers or memorial contributions in his honor.


30 October

A Celebration of the Lives of Tom and Peggy

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Watertown Township Hall

12803 South Wacousta Road
Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837


Thomas Richard Madill

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Patrick Waterman

October 18, 2019


I am SO sorry to hear about your dad. I have so many great memories of Mr. Madill when we were growing up and I was hanging out with you at your house or at Higgins (which seemed like all the time, right?). He always had a great story to tell us, or a really bad joke 🙂 I’ll always remember whenever he got home from work and pulled in the driveway in his Olds and he’d say “It’s....the Waterman!” I also remember how much he loved your mom, always showing her affection. Back then I thought it was weird. Over the years I came to realize how amazing they were together, and how much they loved eachother and all you Madill boys. Awesome dude all around! Deepest condolences from all of us here in the Waterman house. We will see you on the 30th. Take care of yourself buddy, love you man!
- Waterman

Eric (Rick) Wahlberg

October 14, 2019

It seems like it’s been forever since I saw Tom and my other cousins in the Madill clan. Now I’ve waited too long because it will be forever before I see Tom again.

I’m glad to see Mike posting reference to that joke. OMG, every time I heard Tom tell it, my entire body convulsed in laughter. He told that joke--all jokes-- like the maestro he always was.

I find myself now contemplating “rest in peace.” Tom always appeared to me to be at peace. His love of family, friends, fun, and cars (don’t forget cars) gave him an aura of calm peacefulness. That and a little shot of wildness was Tom, and he made everybody around him feel wildly at peace, too.

Peace to Tom.


Bud & Carole Mielke

October 11, 2019

We have been good friends with Tom since 1984. Never a dull moment if Tom was around. Always another adventure just around the corner. Truly are going to miss his zest for life and his weird sense of humor. We are broken hearted at our loss & for everyone who loved him. We have lost a good friend.
Prayers for Liz and his family.

Val & Denny Soulard

October 9, 2019

Tom Madill - One of a kind. We shared a lot of laughs with Tom and Liz and friends and miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathy to family and Liz.

Dick Lynch

October 9, 2019

We lost a true gentleman. May he Rest In Peace. Dick Lynch

Walt & Ann Szyszlo

October 9, 2019

Ann & I are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our condolences. Tom & I worked together and he always had his smile on. We were blessed to have been able to share in his life.

Karen VanHouten

October 8, 2019

Bryce, Craig & David, & families, we were saddened to hear of your dads passing. Our hearts go out to all of you. We loved having him as part of the "Holben" family, and he fit right in the moment your dad & mom were married. Even after your moms passing, he continued to join us at reunions and other events.


Lyle & Karen (Holben) VanHouten

Robert Prince

October 8, 2019

Sorry for your loss of Tom! I’ll always remember him as a very positive & bright person. He will always be remembered!!

mike porter

October 8, 2019

Godspeed, Dear cousin. The Indian Spirit at Higgins Lake will be glad to finally meet you. Also, there is no one left now to tell the joke.."Oh,,that's not so bad..and then.." MJP and family