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Thomas L Apperson

February 7, 1949 ~ May 8, 2021 (age 72)


Thomas L. Apperson
February 7, 1949-May 8, 2021



Thomas Lincoln Apperson, age 72 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly the evening of Saturday May 8, 2021 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Thomas was born February 7, 1949 in Philippi, WV to the late Alvin Darius and Evelyn Grace (Nester) Apperson. He graduated from Flat Rock High School before serving his country proudly in the United States Army from June of 1968 – June of 1971. Upon being honorably discharged and returning to civilian life, Thomas began a long career as a truck driver, hauling medium heavy-duty trucks for General Motors. He would go on to marry the love of his life, Diane Marilyn Kalis, on November 20, 1971 in Flat Rock, MI. Sadly, Diane passed away July 9, 2007.


After his retirement Thomas enjoyed spending time with family and friends, particularly his cherished grandchildren. He also enjoyed walking around flea markets, bowling and golfing. Wherever Thomas was he would always start up conversations. He didn’t know a stranger.


Thomas will be laid to rest next to his wife, Diane, on Saturday May 15, 2021 at St. Joseph Cemetery. A private family graveside military service will be performed under the auspice of VFW Post 1138. Everyone is welcome to attend a celebration of life BBQ remembering Thomas immediately following the service. Everyone is asked to meet at Cristy's house (1198 N. Raisinville Rd Monroe, MI 48162) at 12:30pm on Saturday May 15, 2021.


To cherish his memory, Thomas leaves his son, Thomas Darius (Annette) Apperson; daughter, Cristy Marie (the late Timothy Marvin) Smith; brother, David Neil (the late Ruth) Apperson; sister, Shareen (Bob) Barker; eight grandchildren: Alexander Marvin Smith, Anastasia Marie Smith, Brandon Matthew Smith, Elaina Szwarga, Clyde Buell, Hannah May, Samuel Richard Apperson, Melody Rose Apperson.


Along with his parents, wife, son-in-law, and sister-in-law, Thomas is also preceded in death by two brothers: Glen and Keith Apperson; and sister, Patricia Bonk.


Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in Thomas' honor are asked to please consider American Legion Auxiliary or Boy Scout Troop 502.



BBQ Celebration of Life
May 15, 2021

12:30 PM
Cristy's House
1198 N. Raisinville Rd
Monroe, MI 48162

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