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Dr. Thomas M. Dobbins Obituary


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“Marikay & Daughters, Please accept my personal heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband/father. I know it is a bit late in sending this...Read More »
1 of 111 | Posted by: Barbara Gary - Marshall, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. I know no greater man that has served as he has. He wasn't only my doctor, he was my best friend. Strange how you never...Read More »
2 of 111 | Posted by: Ruth Vanderpool-Combs - Coldwater, MI

“Our deepest condolences to Marikay and the family from Paul Wiers family, Nancy, Gary, Barb and Pat and all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
3 of 111 | Posted by: Nancy Wiers - Grandville, MI

“He is with our Lord and Savior now. Dr. Tom was our family physician for over 20 years. His sense of humor, concern for his patients, honesty and...Read More »
4 of 111 | Posted by: Joyce & Rick Norman - MI

“Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. ”
5 of 111 | Posted by: Nancy Gillispie McCollum - TN

“My thoughts and prayers to Dr. Tom's family - may you be blessed with wonderful memories always. ”
6 of 111 | Posted by: Sue Stacy - Battle Creek, MI

“Let us praise family physicians. Dr Jim was our family doctor. He delivered our three children and took care of us through many years until his...Read More »
7 of 111 | Posted by: Wanza Grantier - Marshall, MI

“our thoughts and prayers are with the family. in Jesus name gene & peggy ”
8 of 111 | Posted by: gene norgan - tekonsha, MI

“Dr. Tom was our family doctor for many years and I have always respected and admired him. My children have grown up under his care and I can't...Read More »
9 of 111 | Posted by: Teresa Reinhart - Marshall, MI

“We are very pleased to have known Tom and the entire Dobbins family. Tom was a fine student and a good athlete. I remember him well from the Middle...Read More »
10 of 111 | Posted by: Steve and Lou Laske - Elberta, MI

“My sympathy to each of you in the death of your loved one. Just a shame that he couldn't have had more time to have enjoyed life with his loved ones...Read More »
11 of 111 | Posted by: Phyllis DuKavas Katz - MI

“Our prayers go to Tom Dobbins family. Tom was a ball player and student of mine at Concord, He was a great example to others then as later in life....Read More »
12 of 111 | Posted by: Rod Pedersen - Concord, MI

“Dr. Tom was the best ... He had such a wonderful sense of humor. He'd always have a story or a joke to tell - it always brought a smile to my face. ...Read More »
13 of 111 | Posted by: Cathy Hutchison - Battle Creek, MI

“Dr. Tom was our family doctor for 20+ yrs. He got us through some difficult health issues and was there for us when we lost our daughter in 2008 due...Read More »
14 of 111 | Posted by: Richard and Dorene Fritz - Albion, MI

“Our deepest sympathies to the Dobbins family on your loss. Tom was a great man and a great Doctor. During my visits with Tom we would play a little...Read More »
15 of 111 | Posted by: Andrew & Sally Reed - Spencer, IA

“God Bless your family at this most difficult time. ”
16 of 111 | Posted by: Stacey Heidenreich - Homer, MI

“Dear Marikay, Kehvren, and Liz, We are very sorry for your loss. Tom meant so much to our family. He helped us raise our boys. Tom always had...Read More »
17 of 111 | Posted by: Steve Swaton - Marshall, MI

“Dr. Tom was a kind and caring doctor who took good care of me and my family. He was more than just a doctor he was a friend. He will be missed by all...Read More »
18 of 111 | Posted by: Darren McDonald - marshall, MI

“Dr. Tom was our Dr. for many years. He always took time to listen to our thoughts and never did we feel rushed. He was very kind, thoughtful and I...Read More »
19 of 111 | Posted by: Phil and Joanne Boone - Marshall, MI

“With deepest sympathy. ”
20 of 111 | Posted by: Jeff & Joanna Johnson & Family - MI

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Dobbins family. Dr Tom was my doctor for several years and will be missed by many. ”
21 of 111 | Posted by: Louana Noneman Kieme - Springport, MI

“How do we, as caring children of God, sensitive, loving people, reconcile the loss of someone who has been such an important person in so many lives?...Read More »
22 of 111 | Posted by: Gene and Barbara Tassie - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss, Dr. Tom was the best doctor anyone could ever ask for! I will sadly miss him!! ”
23 of 111 | Posted by: Kathy Fowler - Grand Rapids, MI

“So sorry to hear of Dr. Dobbins passing. My prayers for his family. My mother and father were both treated by Dr. Dobbins. My mother lived up here...Read More »
24 of 111 | Posted by: Nancy Visser (Hart) - MI

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Dobbins family. We have many good memories through MHS swimming. Take care of each other. ”
25 of 111 | Posted by: Donn Anderson family - Marshall, MI

“I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Tom Dobbins. I was a patient of his for over twenty years and no matter how bad I felt...Read More »
26 of 111 | Posted by: Alicia Cornelius Byrd - Holt, MI

“"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~From a headstone in Ireland. Many years ago, I had the...Read More »
27 of 111 | Posted by: Gina B. Gamez - Biddeford, ME

“Dr. Jim, Dr. Bill, Richard, Martha & Nancy; Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you and your families in the loss of your loved one, Dr. Tom. ...Read More »
28 of 111 | Posted by: Barbara & Bob Gary - Marshall, MI

“We have lost a great physician and educator. What a wonderful opportunity for those students who had a chance to learn from him over the years, Dr....Read More »
29 of 111 | Posted by: Sherrill Busboom - Kalamazoo, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Dobbins family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 111 | Posted by: Annette (Zuehlke) Burnett - MI

“Dr. Tom has been our family doctor for nearly 20 years. Every time that I had to see him it was more like visiting with a friend. He was very proud...Read More »
31 of 111 | Posted by: Danny Webb - Battle Creek, MI

“We are sorry for your loss. My family and i enjoyed having dr tom as our dr. He will be sadly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
32 of 111 | Posted by: Lisa lucas - Tekonsha, MI

“Our condolences to the Dobbins Family ”
33 of 111 | Posted by: Karen Alexander-Odette - Marshall, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Dr Tom was my Doctor for 20 years. I would joke we were "aging" together because we were close in age. He always listened...Read More »
34 of 111 | Posted by: Linda Raymond - MI

“My condolences are with the whole family. I LOVED Dr. He had great bedside manner and was just an all around great human being. He will be greatly...Read More »
35 of 111 | Posted by: Allison Yoder - MI

“What an amazing person Dr. Tom was. He taught me so much in the years I worked with him. So much of it I use/recall on a daily basis as a nurse when...Read More »
36 of 111 | Posted by: Tressa/Justin Croel - Kalamazoo, MI

“Condolences to your family from a long time co-worker at Oaklawn Hospital. We pray your family finds peace and strength through this time of grief. ”
37 of 111 | Posted by: Karen Ward - homer, MI

“Dr. Tom was the one who found my heart issue. Thanks to his persistence in finding the problem, it was found that I had a genetic heart disorder....Read More »
38 of 111 | Posted by: Joseph J. Harris - Battle Creek, MI

“Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You And Your Family. Take Care. ”
39 of 111 | Posted by: lLewis & Nancy Mercer - Homer, MI

“I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dr. Dobbins while a student at Albion College. I was blessed to have shadowed him in the clinical...Read More »
40 of 111 | Posted by: Nicholas Katcher - Macomb, MI

“Dr. Tom will be missed by many, many people throughout the area. I will always remember his non-judgmental handling of the kids at the Calhoun...Read More »
41 of 111 | Posted by: Charles Rutter - Olivet, MI

“Our sincere condolences to the Dobbins family. Dr. Jim, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your brother and...Read More »
42 of 111 | Posted by: Ken and Janet VanderHoff - GA

“So very sorry for your loss.Dr. Tom was the best. He would put you at ease and make you feel like you were the only patient in the office, no matter...Read More »
43 of 111 | Posted by: Kathy Whitney - Bellevue, MI

“I am so very sorry to the Dobbins family for the loss of Dr. Tom who also was my doctor. Prayers to all of you who are left to carry on. He was a...Read More »
44 of 111 | Posted by: Barb Walters - Battle Creek, MI

“It is just so sad that God needed Dr. Tom so early in his life. As a devout Catholic myself(Nancy)I know he is in a God's house right now looking out...Read More »
45 of 111 | Posted by: Nancy and Gerald Crapo - Marshall, MI

“Dr.Tom was an amazing man and helped my family through our greatest hardships. My family looked up to him and admired him. He will be greatly missed. ”
46 of 111 | Posted by: Vickie James(VanWert) - Marshall, MI

“Dr. Tom treated my husband, Gale, in the last few years of his life. He could not have been kinder or more encouraging to Gale even when he was not...Read More »
47 of 111 | Posted by: Judy Jenkins - Tekonsha, MI

“Dear Family of Dr. Tom, Dr. Tom delivered our wonderful daughter Hannah. Hannah was born with Down Syndrome. Dr.Tom took great interest in Hannah...Read More »
48 of 111 | Posted by: David Raloff - Coldwater, MI

“Dr. Jim & Dr. Bill, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Tom. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families during this time...Read More »
49 of 111 | Posted by: John & Nancy Dietz - Tekonsha, MI

“Even tho we only knew Dr. Tom as our physician- he has been and will be greatly missed. ”
50 of 111 | Posted by: Rob (Tia) & Rich McKinney - MI

“Tom was a good Dr. and friend, my heart goes out to his family. ”
51 of 111 | Posted by: millicent vankampen

“Thoughts and prayers being sent to all of Dr. Tom's family. Although not our primary physician, each of my family has been cared for at one time or...Read More »
52 of 111 | Posted by: Gayle Anderson - Portage, MI

“My thoughts and Prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Dr. Tom was a very caring Doctor for my family. I could not have asked for a...Read More »
53 of 111 | Posted by: Holly Hurtado - Albion, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth and her family at this time. From all of us in Studio Art at Denison University ”
54 of 111 | Posted by: Denison University Art Dept. - OH

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dobbins family. As a former student of his, I will always remember the dedication and commitment he had not...Read More »
55 of 111 | Posted by: Justin and Rachael Reimink - MI

“God bless the Dobbins family and may God cover you with his blood to make each day a little easier. Dr Tom was a wonderful physician to many...Read More »
56 of 111 | Posted by: Joy Riley, MA - MI

“Our thoughts are with all of the greater Dobbins family and friends in this sad time. Larry & Nancy Springer ”
57 of 111 | Posted by: Larry & Nancy Springer - Houston, TX

“I send my condolences to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kendra Magnus ”
58 of 111 | Posted by: Kendra Magnus - Middleburg, FL

“My sincere sympathies to the Dobbins family. You are an example of a family that has come together in a time of stress and sorrow. May this continue...Read More »
59 of 111 | Posted by: Jane Boedecker - Marshall, MI

“Marikay, Kehvren, and Elizabeth, I am very sorry for your loss. I was a fraternity brother of Tom, and I remember his dream of becoming exactly what...Read More »
60 of 111 | Posted by: Bruce Prestwood-Taylor - Hardwick, MA

“Dr. Dobbins was a very kind man. I am very honored to have known him. He will be missed dearly. ”
61 of 111 | Posted by: Kellie Fry - Marshall, MI

“We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. ”
62 of 111 | Posted by: Sue & Joe Tucker - Marshall, MI

“I was not a patient of Dr. Tom, but met him when I transported a couple of friends to see him. Had a lot of respect for him and his attitude with...Read More »
63 of 111 | Posted by: Joyce A Murphy - Marshall, MI

“My wife and I have had our lives enriched by Bill, Jim, and Tom Dobbins. We will truly miss dealing with Tom, who was what my wife called "a real...Read More »
64 of 111 | Posted by: Bill Hayes - Albion, MI

“Dr. Tom will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family. ”
65 of 111 | Posted by: Paul & Betty Sipe - MI

“Sadly miss ”
66 of 111 | Posted by: Sheila Schmidt - Battle creek, MI

“Thanks for the great trip to MonAmi. I know you are on a greater trip now. I am sure you will be greatly missed. Dick Dundore ”
67 of 111 | Posted by: Dick Dundore - Davenport, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Tom's death. He was talented in many ways besides being a quality physician. He will be missed. Frank Burris ”
68 of 111 | Posted by: Frank Burris - Prior Lake, MI

“Our deepest sympathy and many prayers to the entire family. A great loss of such a wonderful dedicated and caring doctor.He cared for our mother in...Read More »
69 of 111 | Posted by: Carol Taylor/Mary Bergstresser - MI

“Many thoughts and prayers to Tom's family. I have fond memories of Toms kindness and sense of humor during our years at Concord High School. I know...Read More »
70 of 111 | Posted by: Robin Childs Reichard - Dublin, OH

“Dr. Tom was the doctor to my first two children. I was a scared and unknowing first time mother. Dr. Tom gave me confidence. He complimented me,...Read More »
71 of 111 | Posted by: Andrea Nessel - Battle Creek, MI

“Such gentle strength. We admired him so much for that, and for his abiding love of family and friends. Sympathy and love to all those he has left...Read More »
72 of 111 | Posted by: Jim and Jeanette Dyer - Marshall, MI

“Prayers to the Dobbin's family. May your memories of this wonderful man help in the days ahead. He deserves peace and painfree. He touched our...Read More »
73 of 111 | Posted by: Penny Ward - Springport, MI

“To the entire Dobbins family; We would like to send our deepest sympathies to all of you. Both of us have been patients of Marshall Medical for...Read More »
74 of 111 | Posted by: Barbara & Bob Gary - Marshall, MI

“I will long remember the good times we had with our classmates in Concord. Our senior class president in 1975, Tom turned out to be a beloved family...Read More »
75 of 111 | Posted by: Scott Pohl - Dimondale, MI

“My thought and prayers are with you all. Dr Tom will be greatly missed. May God be with you all. ”
76 of 111 | Posted by: Dana Anderla - Albion, MI

“To the Dobbins Family, We were patients at Marshall Medical for many years. Dr. Tom was my husband's doctor. I will never forget the Saturday...Read More »
77 of 111 | Posted by: Kathy Searles - Marshall, MI

“You will be dearly missed, my friend. You and your family will be in my prayers. ”
78 of 111 | Posted by: Jason Rinker - Portage, MI

“To all of the Dobbins family, Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May all the memories you have...Read More »
79 of 111 | Posted by: Leigh, Debbie Iobe & Family - MI

“We are sorry for the lose of Dr Tom, May God you all ! ”
80 of 111 | Posted by: Dan & Rhoda Horosko - Albion, MI

“Dr Tom was my doctor . He was a very kind and caring man. Truly a life cut too short. My prayers go out to the family . ”
81 of 111 | Posted by: Terri Lee - Albion, MI

“Our lives, like yours, will never again be the same. Tom has forever left his mark on our hearts. We have been so blessed to share in your love,...Read More »
82 of 111 | Posted by: Jack & Julie Suehr - Marshall, MI

“Dr. Tom was on loan from God to his family, friends, patients and employees. God in his mercy has decided it is time to come home. We thank God for...Read More »
83 of 111 | Posted by: Greg & Lauri Smagacz - Burlington, MI

“Dr.Tom will truly be missed. I thank you, his family, for sharing this kind, caring man with so many of us, his patients. He is now in the hands of...Read More »
84 of 111 | Posted by: Carol deNicola - Albion, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dobbins family. We are so sorry for your loss. We are all blessed to have worked with him. His patients...Read More »
85 of 111 | Posted by: Oaklawn Oncology Clinic Staff - MI

“Tom will always be in my prayers and thoughts. Not many people can say that they were in every class together from K-12th. He achieved greatness in...Read More »
86 of 111 | Posted by: Steve Wilson - Park Ridge, IL

“I would like to express condolences to the whole Dobbins family. Dr. Tom will truly be missed. It was an honor to work along side him as a facility...Read More »
87 of 111 | Posted by: mel hillman - marshall, MI

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I had the privilege to work with Tom early years in Cardiopulmonary at Oaklawn '79-80 as a pre-med...Read More »
88 of 111 | Posted by: Deborah Pierce - Marshall, MI

“I will always remember Dr. Tom as a hard working, compassionate man who always managed to make me smile. At times his humor was the only thing that...Read More »
89 of 111 | Posted by: Rose Kidd

“The Paul Herman Family Is very blessed to have known Our dear friend DR. TOM.He so was a very caring & genuine person to many many people.He will...Read More »
90 of 111 | Posted by: Paul Herman Family - Marshall, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. He was so young, I am truly sorry ”
91 of 111 | Posted by: Dan & Denise Cable - Maybee, MI

“Marikay, Kehvren, Liz, and family, My prayer is that comfort and peace be yours as you go through this difficult time. Never doubt that God will...Read More »
92 of 111 | Posted by: Schara Swan - Marshall, MI

“Dear Marikay and the entire Dobbins Family... Dr. Tom was a very wonderful doctor for both of us. He became a dear friend and confidante to both my...Read More »
93 of 111 | Posted by: Dan and Annette Andrysiak - Homer, MI

“My heart goes out to you all. May your many good memories bring you comfort at this sad time. ”
94 of 111 | Posted by: Robina Quale-Leach - Albion, MI

“Marikay, Kehvren, and Eliza, Dr. Tom was a joy to have as a doctor, confidante, and associate. I will miss our conversations over the latest...Read More »
95 of 111 | Posted by: Andrew French - Albion, MI

“Dearest Marikay, Kehvren, and Elizabeth - We pray that you are able to hold the love Tom had for his family dear to your heart. His presence in our...Read More »
96 of 111 | Posted by: Paul and Pat Wiers - Oconomowoc, WI

“While working with us at Guardian while in medical school and later as our "company doctor", Dr. Tom was always upbeat and helpful. He treated each...Read More »
97 of 111 | Posted by: Jeri Devlin - MI

“Our deepest sympathy to the family. ”
98 of 111 | Posted by: sandra courter - albion, MI

“The Kotas family would like to thank Dr. Tom for the wonderful care we received from him over the past fifteen years. We appreciated his humor,...Read More »
99 of 111 | Posted by: The Kotas Family - Albion, MI

“Marikay, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a special, wonderful man Tom was! He will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing him with us! ”
100 of 111 | Posted by: Sue McCarthy - Okemos, MI

“Your physical body is no longer with us. The impact you have had on so many people will be with us all for many years to come! May you be cradled in...Read More »
101 of 111 | Posted by: Billie Briegel - Tekonsha, MI

“I worked with Tom for several years and had great respect and admiration for him. He was a wonderful person, great sense of humor, had a practical...Read More »
102 of 111 | Posted by: Patrick Garrett - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
103 of 111 | Posted by: sharon kaiser - springport, MI

“My heartfelt condolences to all the Dobbins family. I will always remember Dr. Tom walking passed my desk in the ED at Oaklawn with his cup of coffee...Read More »
104 of 111 | Posted by: Darlene Weimer - Battle Creek, MI

“Our thoughts are with the entire Dobbins family today. Take comfort in knowing that Dr. Tom has been reunited with his parents and sister and now...Read More »
105 of 111 | Posted by: Bill and Sally Kinney - Marshall, MI

“Marikay, I will truly miss my friend, Tom. We had many good times and laughs. His struggle is over, his pain is gone. May God bless you and the...Read More »
106 of 111 | Posted by: Mike Sterrett - Marshall, MI

“Dr. Tom, I miss you. You are a great doctor and a wonderful man. I have enjoyed having you as a doctor and friend for the last 25 years. You gave me...Read More »
107 of 111 | Posted by: Judy and Mark Michon - Marshall, MI

“My deepest and most heartfelt condolences for the entire Dobbins family and friends. Dr. Tom and prior to him, Dr. Jim, and their staff were vitally...Read More »
108 of 111 | Posted by: Ron Olds - Coldwater, MI

“We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Tom he was always very good to Sharon and I. He will always be remembered for being a great doctor and person.Are...Read More »
109 of 111 | Posted by: Roger Sharon Dunn - Sheboygan, WI

“Dear Marikay and girls, What can I say to you today that will make you feel better? My words cannot express the sorrow in my heart for you. Tom was...Read More »
110 of 111 | Posted by: Kathy & Ralph Miller - Marshall, MI

“with deepest sympathy ”
111 of 111 | Posted by: Scott White - Battle Creek, MI


Dr. Thomas Mark Dobbins, MD, age 55, of Marshall, died in the loving care of his family at his home he loved after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Dr. Tom was born on June 12, 1957 in Albion to Richard H. and Marion (Vonk) Dobbins. He grew up on the family farm near Concord (where he and his siblings had solid life long work ethics instilled in them) and was a 1975 graduate of Concord High School. He then attended Albion College from where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in Biology. His education continued at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine from where he graduated in 1983. He began serving his residency in Family Practice at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids in 1983 and finished it in 1986. Dr. Tom was a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. He moved to Marshall and joined his brothers Dr. Jim Dobbins and Dr. Bill Dobbins at their medical practice, caring for the Marshall and Albion communities. The practice became Marshall Medical Associates and continues to serve the community today. Dr. Tom retired due to his health on October 31, 2012. While serving his residency he met Marikay Westra, a nursing student, in the cafeteria line at Blodgett Hospital on a rotation there. They fell in love and were married on October 12, 1985 in Grand Rapids. Dr. Tom was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Board of Family Practice and was a past board member and board president of the Integrated Health Partners of Battle Creek. He was an alumni member of Delta Tau Delta. Dr. Tom and Marikay enjoyed collecting wine. He served as a member of Schuler's Pub Advisory Board. Vacations with his wife and daughters were very special times in his life. Tom enjoyed sipping a good Irish whiskey and a good red wine. Surviving Dr. Tom are his wife Marikay, their daughters Kehvren Dobbins and Elizabeth Dobbins both of Marshall, his siblings, Richard L. (Martha) Dobbins of Concord, Dr. James (Sandra) Dobbins of Marshall, and Dr. William (Karen) Dobbins of Albion, his sister Martha Dobbins (Shirley Knaack) of Marshall, his step-mother Nancy Dobbins of Mt. Pleasant, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Dr. Tom was preceded in death by his mother and his father, and his sister Mary Dobbins. The community is invited to visit the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, 723 Old27 N., Marshall on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 1-8 pm where his family will be present to greet friends and share memories of Dr. Tom's life. Funeral services will be conducted privately for his family. Interment will be in West Eckford Cemetery. The family suggests that you remember Dr. Tom with a memorial gift to The Fountain Clinic in Marshall. Assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home. To sign the on line guest register and leave a message for the family visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

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