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In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a graveside committal ceremony, will take place at a later time. Memorial contributions in Thomas’s memory may be made to Michigan State University’s R.O.T.C. program, c/o the funeral home. Friends and family are encouraged to leave a condolence message.
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Age 73, passed away on October 25, 2019. Tom was born in Lansing, Michigan on August 13, 1946. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Tom graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree and spent the majority of his career working for the Michigan Employment Security Commission as a Social Worker, assisting hundreds, if not thousands of Michiganders find employment. He was a brilliant man who’s experience with MESC benefitted many and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Tom was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, had a passion for motorcycles and was a Michigan State University Spartans sports fanatic. He found great joy in bringing his children to watch football and basketball games. Tom was known as an expert craftsman in that, when a tool was handed to him, one could expect a masterpiece. He enjoyed woodworking which included furniture making and restoring wooden boats. Tom had a contagious and unique sense of humor and was appreciated for random acts of kindness, bringing smiles not only to the faces of loved ones, but strangers, as well. He was also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was a devoted environmentalist. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Harvey Bircham and his brother in law, Van Lind. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Irene Cecelia Bircham of Marquette, Michigan, his children, Matthew Bircham and Carly Bircham, both of Meridian Township, Michigan and his sister, Barbara Lind of Winter Park, Florida.