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Thomas G. Horton, 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away evening Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Samaritas Senior Living Grand Rapids Lodge.

The son of Charles & Bernice (Cronkright) Horton, he was born July 12, 1936 in Grand Rapids, where he spent over 30 years teaching and being an administrator within Kelloggsville Public Schools.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Sally Horton; children, Kenneth & Trena Horton, Kimberly Brewer & Paul Cares, Kip & Elizabeth Horton; sister, Bette Nelson; grandchildren, Kayla, Rebecca, Victoria, Madelyn, Amorelle, Kelvin, and Kody, and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Thomas’ memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Private family services will be held in the spring. 

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tom’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids

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  1. Sally Smith on February 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Sally and Family, Our deepest sympathy for all of you. We shared so many Wonderful Memories together.Tom was always there with a helping hand. He Loved to teach My Kids new things from very little, all the way up to adulthood. He loved having the First Spring Fishing pole in Sage Lake gatherings up his limit….No worms just fly fishing. His love of the outdoors flowers, plants and yard showed. He will be deeply missed.
    I’m sure Bruce and him are catching up on Lost Time. Celebrating Bruce’s Birthday Today February 21.
    Heaven’s Flower Gardens will be Blooming with His Love.
    Miss you Too



  2. bob and shirley tamplin on February 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    We’ve lost a dear long time and treasured friend. So many happy times together at Sage Lake, sailing and camping. He will be missed greatly. Our sympathies, to Sally and the family.



  3. bob and shirley tamplin on February 21, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    We’ve lost a dear long time and treasured friend. So many happy times together at Sage Lake, sailing and camping. He will be missed greatly. Our sympathies, to Sally and the family.



  4. Andrew Vargo on February 22, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. I hope it’s OK that I’m crying. I find fond memories of him running through my mind.. -A. XO



  5. Sharon Sheldon on February 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Dear Sally and family, We are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing this week but know that he is now at peace and his struggle in living with Alzheimers is over for Tom and for all of you! We are praying for your peace and healing and sure do miss seeing you, Sally, at the lake. With love, Sharon, Claire and Madelyn (Shovoly) Sheldon.



  6. Ed Dyer on February 22, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Tom was the reason I became a teacher and a coach. Many good memories of Tom. My deepest sympathies to Sally and the Horton family.



  7. david (dave) tanis on February 27, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I am truly sadden to hear of the passing of mr. Horton, he was one of the good ones, I graduated in 1984 and had him as a gym teacher and was also his gym aid for two years, loved the man and I was also blessed to have gotten beaten several times at bad mitten on out lunch hours, he will be missed and I hope to play him again some day. i’m sorry for your loss we are all blessed to have known him. RIP mr. Horton.



  8. Mike Frank on March 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    As a 1965 graduate of Kelloggsville, I have many good memories of Mr Horton. He was a great teacher, and a friend to his students.
    My sympathy to his family.



  9. Sandra DeJong on March 2, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Tom was my favorite teacher. Sandra DeJong.



  10. Mike & Judy Crain on March 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Rest in peace Tom. You will always be missed. Remembering all the great times we had together.



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