Thomas C. Michelson “Grampa Thunder”

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Thomas C. Michelson
"Grampa Thunder"

Michelson, Thomas C. “Grampa Thunder”

Boarded his longship to heaven on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the age of 90 years.  Beloved Husband of Iris (nee Hansen) for 70 years.  Father of Kathy (Dave) Zingsheim.  Loving Grandfather of Adam (Sarah) Zingsheim and Kate (BJ) Samuelson.  Great-Grandfather of Emma and Eliana, Carter and Harper.  Brother of the late Janice (the late Vic) Stern and Diane (the late Craig) Gones.  Special hunting kin to Dave, Steve, Mark and Jim. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME (16880 W. National Ave.) from 4PM until the Time of Service at 6:00PM.  Private family burial at Arlington Park Cemetery.

Tom was proud to be a Masters Swimmer, top 10 in the nation, and touched many kids lives as a swim coach. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jackson Park Lutheran Church and the National Kidney Foundation appreciated.


I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7


“Come Good Home”



16880 W. National Ave.


One Comment

  1. Mo and Bill Regner July 5, 2022 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Iris, you are in our thoughts and prayers! You and Tom were such an important part of our family. I am forever grateful for you & Tom for all the car rides to Jordan Chorale rehearsals when I was 16, rides to the “bar” afterwards, and the best part was matching Bill and I up together – that was truly a match made in heaven!!!! Kathy, you being Bill’s little sister and all the fun we had at the “disco’s” – yes, I am dating us!!! You guys will forever have a place in our hearts! Tom lived such a great life especially with you two at his side. We love you guys!

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