Tom K. Way

Resided in Wells, MI
Died January 4, 2020

Tom K. Way, age 87, of Wells passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Tom was born August 10, 1932 in Escanaba, the son of Tyler and Mable (Johnson) Way. He graduated from Escanaba High School in 1950 and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Patricia Wils on June 16, 1956 in Rapid River. Tom worked for Mead Paper for 44 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wells, and the Wells Lions Club. He was a humble, faithful husband, father and grandfather.

His blessings from God are his wife, Pat of Wells, children, Tom (Wendy) Way of Wells, Jon B. (Jodi) Way of Cornell and Sally (Jack) Kidd of Wells; grandchildren, Trudi (Jason) Forvilly, Tressa (Jeff) Derkos, Tyler (DeeDee) Way, Hunter (Erica Dean) Way, Taylor Way (Adam), Tom (Mary) Kidd and Tim and Sara Kidd; great grandchildren, Nick (Sunny) Forvilly, Joey Forvilly, Sophia Derkos, Grady, Arlo and Rowyn Way and Izzy and Mara Kidd; a great-greatgrandchild, Trace Thomas Forvilly; siblings, Jack (Ethel) Way of Wells, Clinton (Cheryl) Way of Milwaukee, Carol (George) Noel of Soo Hill, Judy (Jim) Schwartz of Escanaba, Nancy (Bruce) Lewis of Escanaba and Lynn Liebel of Escanaba; a special nephew, Brett Way, numerous nieces and nephews and fond in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob, Rip and Jim and sisters, Lois Miller and Mary Lou DuFour.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 10 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented at 3:00 PM by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4:00 PM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wells with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Tom will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

12 Tributes for “Tom K. Way

    Our condolences to Pat and the family. Rick worked the same shift as Tom so he cross country skid with Tom and Pat from time to time. He also bought an old wrought iron stove from us back in the 70’s.

    My Condolences to the Way family! Tom was a great guy! Please know he’s in a good place now. Thoughts and Prayers!

    Worked with Tom at Mead when I started. He was fun to work with and was a very nice man. Have memories of skiing back in the day with him. I remember many good things. He will be sadly missed. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family.

    To all of the Way family
    I am so sorry about Tom. Your family is a beautiful witness of how a family should be. I have fond memories of you. I know Tom will always look down on you with great love. His spirit will live through all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Our sympathy to the family of Tom, may your fun, loving memories sustain you in the days ahead. I remember going to babysit with Lynn and he and Pat always so nice, warm loving. Heaven has another Angel! Our love, Terry and Jolaine Anderson.

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