Thomas Willard Medler

GREENVILLE, MI. – Thomas Willard Medler, age 61, of Deerton, formerly of Trufant, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18,2013 from his home.

The son of Donald & Virginia (Miller) Medler, he was born on October 17, 1951 in Greenville and graduated from Lakeview High School with the class of 1969.

On October 20, 1973, he married Karol Kay Herzog and they would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year. Tom worked at Electrolux in Greenville for 28 years before semi-retiring to the Upper Peninsula in 2007. He enjoyed driving bus for Marq-Tran (Marquette transit). His love of outdoors was apparent as he enjoyed softball, riding the “mule”, bonfires, camping in the U.P. and spending as much time as he could with family and friends. He had a contagious smile that could light up any room and had no problem making friends. He will be missed by so many.

Surviving are his wife, Karol Medler of Deerton, their children, Chris & Michelle Medler of Fenwick, and Kelli Medler of Trufant; his mother, Virginia Medler of Trufant; two sisters and a brother, Sandy & Paul Matthews of Greenville, Donald & Janet Medler of Grant, and Debbie & Tery Schuiteman of Newaygo; three grandchildren, Corin, Nolan and Drew; siblings-in-law, Ken & Karen Herzog of Lakeview, and Kathy & Chad Cagle of Clare; a niece and two nephews, Jennifer & Jason Oliver, Donald Medler III, and Wes Farrell; and many other dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family is Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where memorial services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. A time of food and fellowship will follow the ceremony at the Trufant Community Center (former Danish Brotherhood Hall).

Instead of flowers, Tom would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either his grandchildren’s school, Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville or Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. BOX 310 Big Bay, MI 49808 ( To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tom’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: