Thomas E. VanMarter

HOUGHTON — Thomas E. VanMarter, 84, a resident of Houghton, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020, at Canal View – Houghton County following a short illness.

Tom was born on February 26, 1936, in Burbank, California to the late Edson and Gladys (Coughlin) VanMarter. He grew up in Burbank and was a graduate of John Burroughs High School with the Class of 1954. On July 15, 1972, he was united in marriage to the former Mavis Johnson.

Tom began a 35-year career as a service director at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills retiring in 2001. He then worked for two funeral homes and Ralph’s Grocery before moving to Houghton in 2013 where he worked for Econo Foods until this past April. He was a former member of Valley Baptist Church in California where he served as a custodian and sound technician for many years. Locally, Tom was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay where he also served as their sound technician. He enjoyed computer work, southern gospel music and was a fan of the New York Yankees.

Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a son, Steven.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mavis of Houghton; his brother-in-law, Richard (Sally) Johnson of Atlantic Mine; his sister-in-law, Carole Shaw of Maui, Hawaii, several nieces and nephews

Services for Tom were held Thursday, August 27, 2020. Burial will be held at a later date in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay or the Copper Country Humane Society in Houghton.

To view Tom’s obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.