Tom Jeanson, 87, of Pine Island, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Pine Island, surrounded by family. Tom was born April 11, 1932, in Kingsford, Mich., to Lowell and Naomi (DeRocher) Jeanson.
He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1950. On Dec. 27, 1957, he married Beverly Ann Forrest in Duck Creek (Howard), Wis. The couple then moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1958 and lived there until 1967, when they moved to Pine Island. Tom and Beverly remained in Pine Island for the rest of their lives.
Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and served for two years in Germany, where he attended the Signal School and graduated with honors. He worked for IBM for 32 years from 1955 to 1987, as a Field Engineer. Tom volunteered for Pine Island Area Home Services from 2004 to 2018, driving people to and from medical appointments after being impressed by the organization's care during his wife's many years of illness.
Survivors include his four sons, Mark (Karen) Jeanson of Rochester, Michael (Elizabeth) Jeanson of Sioux Falls, S.D., David (Kathy) Jeanson of Pine Island, Daniel Jeanson of Hockley, Texas; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife; his five brothers, Lowell, Bob, Paul, Donald and Richard; as well as a sister, Dorothy, who passed away at six weeks old.
Tom enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader and Explorer Advisor, machining, welding and carving, water skiing, snow skiing and figure skating. He was the South Dakota State Figure Skating Champion sometime in the late '50s and later enjoyed teaching his grandkids to skate. He loved playing the piano, accordion, violin and harmonica. His talents were learned mostly by ear and his favorite music to listen to was classical.
The Memorial Mass for Thomas "Tom" Leroy Jeanson will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Pine Island with visitation at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.