Thomas Baggs Obituary

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In Memory of

Thomas George Baggs

May 28, 1932 - April 2, 2014
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Tom was born on May 28th, 1932 and peacefully left us on April 2, 2014 at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christie, Texas after suffering a stroke. He lived a long and fulfilled life where he was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor to many. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Lou Baggs, children: Christal Frantz, Gina White, and John Baggs, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Tom was born and raised in Barker Creek, Michigan where he worked on a farm until he enlisted in the Military in 1948. He spent 23 years in the Army, stationed in both the U.S. and Germany. He participated in the Berlin...
Tom was born on May 28th, 1932 and peacefully left us on April 2, 2014 at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christie, Texas after suffering a stroke. He lived a long and fulfilled life where he was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor to many. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Lou Baggs, children: Christal Frantz, Gina White, and John Baggs, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Tom was born and raised in Barker Creek, Michigan where he worked on a farm until he enlisted in the Military in 1948. He spent 23 years in the Army, stationed in both the U.S. and Germany. He participated in the Berlin Airlift from June 1948 to May 1949, served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968 and retired from the military in 1969 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for his fearlessness as a helicopter pilot during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam as well as being both a pilot, and the First Sergeant of a helicopter company.

After a brief retirement he went on to become a bus driver and CDL trainer for Elk Rapids Schools in 1970 where he also retired after 20 years of service. Additionally, in 1970, he re-opened his father's business on Lake Skegemog; Baggs Landing Boats and Bait, where he rented fishing boats and sold bait and tackle in summer months. He made countless friends and loyal customers until he closed shop in 1994 and decided to travel the U.S. with the love of his life, his wife, Mary Lou.

Tom was a large part of the Elk Rapids Masonic Lodge #275 where he was a 32nd degree Master Mason and dedicated member totaling a span of over 50 years. He was a member of the Local American Legion #289 in Williamsburg, Michigan, and he was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was very well known, liked, and respected by members of the communities and across the globe.

His brothers and sisters, Gene Baggs, Joan Skipski, Nancy Rozumny, and Richard Baggs also survive him, and he is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jerry and Vernon Baggs, and sisters Imogene Baggs and Maxine Bolton

Service will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 am at The New Hope Community Church at, 5100 Bethesda Court, Williamsburg, MI 49690

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"Ken and I just heard of Toms passing and are deeply saddened by this news. We have known Tom and Marylou all of our lives as well as our children. He was..." Ken and Debbie Lake (SouthBoardman, MI)

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