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Thomas Charest

September 19, 1942 - January 1, 2013
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Thomas J. Charest, 70, passed away suddenly at home on January 1, 2013. He was born to Walter and Helen (Butler) Charest in Redford, MI on September 19, 1942. Thomas graduated from James Monroe High School, Los Angeles CA in 1960. He joined the Air Force in 1961 and served as an intercept operator. After his time in the Air Force, in January of 1967, Thomas moved back to Traverse City and married Sally Oliver. They raised two children together while working as a general contractor and part owner of Bayshore Construction and Land Development. He was later employed by Dave Gleason. Thomas was president of North Western Michigan Horsemans...
Thomas J. Charest, 70, passed away suddenly at home on January 1, 2013. He was born to Walter and Helen (Butler) Charest in Redford, MI on September 19, 1942.

Thomas graduated from James Monroe High School, Los Angeles CA in 1960. He joined the Air Force in 1961 and served as an intercept operator. After his time in the Air Force, in January of 1967, Thomas moved back to Traverse City and married Sally Oliver. They raised two children together while working as a general contractor and part owner of Bayshore Construction and Land Development. He was later employed by Dave Gleason. Thomas was president of North Western Michigan Horsemans Association; he volunteered for the Cherry Festival Parade, and organized the Horse division of the Grand Traverse County Mounted Patrol. Thomas also enjoyed hunting deer and grouse, gardening, camping. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was an exceptionally generous caregiver; always giving, never taking.

Thomas is survived by his wife Sally (Oliver) Charest, daughter Marci Rene Charest, son Michael (Deanna) Charest, granddaughters Jane and Nora Charest, sisters Peggy (Roger) Baccus, Cathee Charest, Dolores (Erik) Eliassen, Julie Elzinga, Patty (Mark) Buffum, brother Ron (Doreen) Elzinga, and his beloved dog Mitzi. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley on Sunday January 6, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm. A memorial service will take place at noon on Monday January 7, 2013 at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley with visitation one hour prior. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Reining Liberty Ranch Horse Rescue. Please share your fond memories and condolences at www.CovellKingsley.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.

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