2017-11-09 / Obituaries

Thomas Gene McCormack

Thomas Gene McCormack, 73, died at his home in St. Helen Nov. 7, 2017.

A memorial service was held at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, West Branch, Nov. 10, with the Rev. Rodney Morrison officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

He was born July 15, 1944, in Monroe, to Claud and Lillian (May) McCormack. He was many things throughout his life – son, brother, husband, dad, brother-in-law, papa, uncle, godfather, friend, businessman, musician, and as he would say, "The smartest son-of-a-gun you're ever gonna meet."

He was a hardworking man who lived his life with integrity, determination and heart. As a man, he loved his wife beyond her dying day. As a dad, he loved and supported his children with everything he had, and more. As a papa, he knocked being a grandpa out of the park. His generosity toward others had no bounds, always willing to give the shirt off his back, serve as a surrogate father, or simply provide much needed words of wisdom and support.

Although much could be written about his professional accomplishments, and there were many, those who knew him are aware that music was his passion and came naturally to him. Through his amazing talent, he not only sang, but could sit down and play the guitar, piano, organ and pretty much whatever else he set his mind to. Music is what carried him through both good and bad times, so when you think of him, celebrate and honor his memory by simply remembering "The best times, the laughter and the song."

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Kathleen McCormack; and sisters, Nancy Woodward and Geraldine Matzke.

Surviving Mr. McCormack are his children, Lindi (Sean) McClure, Thomas (Jill) McCormack Jr. and Charles (Shay) McCormack; grandchildren, Alyssa (Ben) Carney, Sarah McCormack, Haley (Andy) Penn, Cydney McCormack, Taylor McCormack, Paige Aaron McCormack and Trey McCormack; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Marcella (Richard) Peters and Jack (Suki) McCormack; goddaughter, Megan Crist; and brothers-in-law, Larry (Kay) Green and Bud Matzke. 



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