HANSEN, THOMAS M.
of Kalamazoo, MI
Thomas M. Hansen, age 74, passed away Monday, October 5, 2020 at The Fountains at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo, MI. Tom was born July 2, 1946 in Ludington, MI, the son of Harold and Dorothy (Meers) Hansen. He was a graduate of Ludington High School, then attended Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree. Kalamazoo became his permanent residence after graduating from WMU. He began teaching school with the Kalamazoo Public School System, primarily at Lincoln Elementary School.
Tom's true passion was photography. He was a well-known professional photographer who own owned and operated Thomas Hansen Photography. Throughout the years he photographed many of the residents of the Kalamazoo area, "photographing individuals and families from all walks of life."
Another passion of Tom's was the Kalamazoo Nature Center. For many years he enjoyed taking his classes on field-trips to learn more about local nature. He also loved using the Nature Center as a background for many of his photo sessions.
Tom was an example to all he met by living his life by a simple motto he loved "Be Kinder Than Necessary".
Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law Tim and Janice Hansen; three nieces Jodi and Chad Mortensen, Kimberly and Steve Lemke and Jennifer and Jeremy Lassiter; several grand nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends he has met through the years. Tom was preceded in death by both of his parents.
The family wishes to thank the staff at The Fountains at Bronson Place; the staff of Heartland Hospice and especially his special caregiver Denise Swenson for all of their loving care they provided Tom.
In accordance with Tom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of Tom's life will be held. Memorials in Tom's memory may be directed to the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Please visit Tom's personalized web page to sign his online guest book and to leave a condolence or message for his family at: https://www.langelands.com
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In Lieu Of Flowers
Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 North Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo MI