Thomas Ernest Keipert

Birth: June 10th, 1934
Death: July 30th, 2017
Age: 83 years
Previous Residence(s):Bay City

Former Bay City resident, Thomas Ernest Keipert, age 83, of Roscommon, died July 30, 2017, at Grayling Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.


A Celebration of Life service will be held Aug. 12 at noon at Charles M. Engel VFW Post 4159 in Roscommon where he was a member, officiated by the Post Commander and Chaplain. Members of Post 4159 and American Legion Post 96 will provide Military Honors.


Tom was born June 10, 1934, the son of Ernest James and Christina A. (Potter) Keipert in Bay City where he had lived until 1962 when he moved to Roscommon. On Jan. 11, 1957 he and Joanne F. Johnson were married in Bay City. In Roscommon, Mr. Keipert owned and operated Pioneer Appraisal, retiring in 1995. He served as Higgins Township supervisor and assessor from 1972 to 1985.


He was a member of the Four Mile Limited Partnership, in 1985 was past president of the Michigan Townships Association, served 27 years on the Roscommon County Planning Commission, retiring in 2000, was Roscommon County’s representative for the Regional Planning Commission from 1973 to 1985 and chairman from 1984 to 1985, and was appointed by Governor John Engler to the State Appraiser Board from 1990 to 1997.


Tom enjoyed golfing and skeet shooting. In 2003 he was a world skeet shooting champion. Shooting over 100,000 competitive rounds he was a 16-time Michigan skeet shooting champion.


He was a founder of the Roscommon Higgins Lake Chamber of Commerce and served as the president/manager from 1965 to 1970.


Tom served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.


Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Jack Keipert; and sisters, Joan Jonas and Valaska Campbell.


Surviving are his wife, Joanne; children, Leslie (Dean) Fall of West Branch, Ernest “Skeeter” Keipert and Doug Keipert both of Roscommon; grandchildren, Kristina (Mark) Athey, Beth (Chris) Williams, Deanna and Andy Fall and Kaleb and Seth Keipert; and four great-grandchildren, Kallie, Macey, Maggie and Emma.


Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, handled arrangements.

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