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Thomas Henry Doenges

January 28, 1927 ~ November 1, 2020 (age 93)


Thomas “Tom” Henry Doenges, formerly of Napoleon, passed away peacefully at home on November 1, 2020 at the age of 93 in Sylvania, Ohio.  He was born in Detroit, MI on January 28, 1927 to Adlai and Hula (Latimer) Doenges. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Joanne (Wing) Doenges and his treasured children; Bill (Wendy) Doenges of Avon, Johanna (Jeff Miller) Linder of Sylvania, Robin Anne (Paul) Doenges Satryb of Ann Arbor, MI and Thomas Doenges Jr. of Friday Harbor, WA; and adored grandfather of Tanner (Jasmina) Doenges, Logan Doenges and Tori Doenges. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Doenges, and siblings Jim, Betty, and Dori. Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Michigan State Normal School and spent his career in advertising and sales. Tom and Joanne were married on June 6, 1964 in Saline, MI and a reception followed at the Saline Mill that was owned by Tom at that time.  They particularly enjoyed camping along Lake Superior and traveling. Tom’s greatest passions besides his family, included music, writing, woodworking and camping. As a young man, Tom traveled and sang with Orrin Tucker’s band. Later in life, he won several local awards for his creative writing. Above all else was his love for his family and he took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.  Graveside services will be held privately for the immediate family.  Memorials in Tom’s memory may be given to the donor’s choice.  



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