Thomas “Tom” Edward Foor passed away peacefully in his daughter’s home with her by his side on December 16th, 2023. He was 72 years old. Tom was born to Clarence Cyrus Foor and Nora (Price) Foor in Columbus, Ohio. He lived in Delaware, Ohio for the entirety of his childhood, graduating from Rutherford B. Hayes High School where he played the alto saxophone in the marching band, was in the ROTC, and was commander of the AFJROTC color guard for football games and special events. Thomas loved music, and had a large collection of reel to reels from the 70’s that he still took out from time to time to listen to. Tom also played the guitar.
After graduation, Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served from 1971-1975. He was stationed at Fort Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. Tom took up residency in Michigan after he was honorably discharged from the service, eventually settling in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he worked as a master plumber for Local 333 until he retired.
Tom had many interests, including visiting aviation museums, observatories, and planetariums, riding his bicycle, going on walks, talking on his ham radio, martial arts, science fiction, painting, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and family. Tom was a talented painter, something he shared in common with his daughter Amanda. He created many landscape paintings that he loved to display in his home and gift to others. Above all of Tom’s interests, he favored looking up into the night sky for all the marvelous things to be seen. Tom had two telescopes and a camera that he used to take breathtaking photos of the night sky. He was a member of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society.
Tom loved to talk about an adventure he took with his daughter Lindsay to Arizona where he visited the Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater, the Grand Canyon, and the rock formations in Sedona. Another adventure that he took so much pride in was when he was selected in 2021 to fly to Washington DC on Mission 19 for the Talons Out Honor's Flight. That experience was such a blessing and honor to him, and he spoke about it often. Tom traveled many places in the last years of his life including going back to Oscoda, Michigan and visiting the Wurtsmith Air Museum, Huron-Manistee National Forests Lumberman’s Monument, Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, and the Au Sable River. During his trip down memory lane in Oscoda, Michigan Tom said, “I like to come back. It reminds me that it was real, not some distant dream”.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father: Clarence Foor; his mother: Nora (Price) Foor; his brothers: Dick Foor, Jerry Foor, and Larry Foor; his nephew: Christopher Foor; his niece: Anita Foor; his great-niece: Destinee Snyder; and his beloved cat: Penny Lane. Tom leaves behind so many loved ones including his children: Carrie (Davis) Renfroe, Kelly (Davis) Wheeler, Chad Davis, Amanda Foor and future son-in-law Alex Hatter, Lindsay (Foor) Gignac and son-in-law Andrew Gignac; his grandchildren: Theodore Gignac, William Gignac, and Helen Gignac; his brother Robert Steven Foor and sister-in-law Carrie Foor, and his brother Martin Leroy Foor and sister-in-law Nancy Foor; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Tom will be remembered for his humor, love, helpfulness, and kind nature. We love him to the moon and back infinity times.
A visitation and funeral service with proceeding luncheon will be held in Delaware, Ohio at Snyder Funeral Home (101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH 43015) on Saturday December 30th. Visiting calling hours will be held from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, a funeral service will immediately follow the funeral and then a luncheon will follow the funeral. A small family veteran's service will be held in the spring at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI.
In lieu of flowers, please consider gifting a donation in Tom's name to the American Cancer Society at donate.cancer.org.
While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Tom's guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.
The Foor family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 South Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.