Died March 12, 2017
Thomas McGivern, 93, of Au Gres passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Bayfield Assisted Living in Bay City with family by his side.
Thomas was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Bay City to the late Joseph and Anna (Haring) McGivern. He proudly served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Mormon Creek in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 1941-1942 where he advanced as a truck driver. Upon the close of the camp, Thomas was enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was a technician fifth grade during the Normandy invasion, sailed on the Queen Mary and served in combat in France, Germany and Belgium.
After basic training for the Army, Thomas married the former Linda A. Pacholke, and together they raised four children, James, Wayne, Lynn and Sally. Thomas was a member and former post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8275 of Au Gres, then became a member of the VFW Post 3724 of Standish. He enjoyed fishing, and that is the main reason he and Linda retired to the Au Gres River area so that he could fish.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Linda; children, James (Arlene) McGivern, Lynn (Patricia) McGivern and Sally Emme-Dice; daughter-in-law, Kelly McGivern; grandchildren, Kelly, Amy, Lori, Kim, Starr, Brad, Michael, Jennifer, Micky, T.J., Mary, Derek and Trisha; great-grandchildren, Tabatha, Sean, Hope, Brad, Destiny, Zachary, Chance, Brittany, Mark, Mariah, Kenzy, Blake, Amanda, Tasha, Noah, Bailey, Alexis, Jacob, Chase, Jacob, Jeremy, Kelsey and Serenity; great-great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Leah, Lelan, Vivenne, Gavin, Alexis, Bradley, Zoey and Oliver; brother, Joseph McGivern; sisters, Hazel Weekley and Marge Anderson; sisters-in-law, Norma Cramer and Jean Pacholke; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his son, Wayne McGivern; brother, Micky; sisters, Betty, June, Arlene and Louise; and son-in-law, R. David Emme.
Visitation for Thomas will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church, 206 N. Court St., Au Gres, MI 48703. Christian burial service will begin at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor Frederick T. Cordts officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Linwood Cemetery of Au Gres. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.