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Thomas Karns

Thomas L. Karns, of Vicksburg passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the age of 58. Tom was born on March 18, 1962 in Marshall, MI. He was the son of Thomas and Eleanor (Napientek) Karns. Tom graduated with the Class of 1980 from Marshall High School. He proudly served in the United States Army 101st Airborne from 1980 until 1989. It was during his time in the service that he became a nurse. When he returned home, he went to work at the State Hospital for over 10 years. On July 2, 2004 he married Theora Edwards. He is preceded in death by his wife Theora; parents: Thomas and Eleanor Karns. He is survived by two children: Tyson (Melanie) Souza, of OR; Trina (Carlos) Sanchez, of CA; and their mother: L.J Souza, of CA; three step-children: Tonya (Andy) Taylor, of Scotts; Lyndie (Brian Tassell) Wall, of Fulton; Conor (Jenny) Schaub, of Schoolcraft; his father and mother-in-law: Linden and Lois Edwards; ten grandchildren: Lea, Neil, Vincent, Kasey, Morgan, Gracie Lue, Eric Thomas, Wyatt, Isla, and Oliver. He is also survived by two brothers: Larry (Julia) Karns, of Battle Creek and Michael Karns, of TX; two sisters: Donna (Dennis) Wintersteen, of Marshall and Becky (Rich) Simpkins, of MS; his two sister-in-laws: Pam (Jeff) Foy, of Climax and Jenny (Chan) Edwards, of Vicksburg; and many nieces and nephews and a very special companion: beloved dog Geno. In accordance with his wishes, Tom will be cremated and his ashes will be interred in a private ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery. While at Tom's webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. Tom's family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 409 South Main, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269-649-1697).

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A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

Bryan Baldwin Oct 9 2020 4:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

Susan Romero Oct 6 2020 8:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

Joy Herpst Oct 6 2020 1:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

carol pillars Oct 2 2020 2:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

tom &carol pillars Oct 2 2020 2:15 PM

As a manager at the Marshall McDonald's, so many years ago, I had the pleasure of knowing Tom as an employee. He always had a bounce in his step and a smile on his face. Every few months, when the management team sat down to write performance reviews, Tom always ended up with the highest scores. Each of us appreciated his enthusiasm and consistent great performance. I exchanged some e-mails with him a few years ago and learned that he continued that attitude of excellence, to always do his best, during his time in the Army. I have only fond memories of him. RIP Tom. RIP my friend.

Kathy Joseph Sep 28 2020 6:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

Kathy Joseph Sep 28 2020 6:38 PM

Im so saddened to hear of Tom passing, and Im sending thoughts and prayers to his family. I remember Tom so fondly from High School, and he was a good friend during work hours at McDonalds. It has been a long tome, but Ill always remember with kindness and a smile. God Bless, Caroline (Selee) Choppa

Caroline Choppa Sep 28 2020 4:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Karns

Renee Tucker Sep 28 2020 12:59 PM

Tom was a great childhood friend. We spent hours building forts, and playing ball. We had wonderful times working at McDonald's in high school. Tom brought a smile to everyone he met. So many good memories. Prayers and condolences to his family. Eternalrest grant unto him O Lord, and letperpetual lightshine upon him. May you rest in peace Tom.

Jim Aaron Sep 27 2020 10:04 PM

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