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Thomas "Tom" Adent

Thomas "Tom" Adent

April 20th, 1940 - January 23rd, 2023

Thomas "Tom"'s Obituary

Thomas "Tom" Adent, 82, of Three Oaks, MI passed away Monday, January 23, 2023 at St. Joseph Health System in Mishawaka, IN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 30, 2023 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3903 Lake St., Bridgman, MI 49106 with Fr. Arthur Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Bridgman. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the National Young Farmers Coalition. Those wishing to share a memory of Tom online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com

Thomas was born April 20, 1940 in Benton Harbor, MI to Alex & Olga (Jaskiewicz) Adent. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1958. Tom served his country in the United States Army. On January 22, 1966 he married Marilyn Rush in Chicago, IL. Tom took great pride in his family, faith and operating his farm. He was a member of the Three Oaks American Legion and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Tom loved both family and farming. While traveling the world with Michigan State University to learn farming techniques, he became inspired to purchase a larger farm in Three Oaks, MI to grow apples, peaches and grapes. His knowing the local farming community and their families built a strong bond in the community.

He and Marilyn raised six unique children, supporting them in their individual pursuits. This led to more travel from Michigan to China, Philippines, Spain, Hungary, Palm Springs and even the Gulf Coast of Alabama to spend two months each winter. At each spot he enjoyed time with children and grandchildren. Those activities included fishing, hunting and sight seeing. No day was complete without a glass of good whiskey, conversation and a cigar.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 57 years Marilyn Adent; children John (Hannah) Adent, Michelle Dilley, Tom (Lori) Adent II, David (Jennifer) Adent and Patrick (John) Adent; grandchildren August Adent, Thomas Adent III, Sarah Adent, Joshua Adent, Matthew Adent, Michael Adent, Jacob Adent, Christopher Adent, Suzanne Adent, Alexandria Dilley, Trevor Dilley, Gabrielle Dilley and Sophia Dilley; sisters Lillian Simko and Joan Ziebarth.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jennifer Adent, brother Richard Adent and son-in-law Bob Dilley.

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