Obituary: Thomas Claffey, 86, of Fountain

January 13, 2024

Thomas Claffey

Obituary: Thomas Claffey, 86, of Fountain

Thomas James Claffey, 86, of Fountain, formerly of Hamlin Township, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Thomas was born on April 2, 1937, the son of Louis and Mae (Knowblock) Claffey. He attended Clay High School, in South Bend, Indiana, graduating in 1955. Thomas joined the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. On March 22, 2001, he married Ruth (Caldwell) Claffey.

Thomas was a jack of all trades; a pilot, restaurant owner, union bridge builder, Navy serviceman, general contractor- running his own business, TCB Builders, loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, great -grandfather, and uncle.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Ruth Claffey; sister, Connie (Joe) Hipskin; daughters, Kim Dallum, Kristina (Michael) Walles, Kelli Brown, and Nicole (Ben) Norton; stepchildren, Eric (Chaka) Mikolayczyk, Christina (Michael) Gannon, Tara Bowers, Guy Bowers, Brandy Mercer; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mae Claffey; brother, Robert Claffey; and sister, Marilyn Claffey, all of South Bend, Indiana.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Crossroads Church, 1463 E. US 10, Scottville (Custer Township), beginning at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.OakGroveLudington.com.

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