Thomas Jerome Zinn, of Buckley, born in Flint on July 30, 1962, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 19, 2017.
Tom was a graduate of Greenville High School. In 1996 Tom moved to Buckley to start a new chapter of his life, one that touched so many of us.
Tom loved being an outdoorsman, or as he preferred to call it, a woodsman. Tom loved to tell stories about his adventures, including mushroom hunting, deer hunting and fishing. Tom was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club and received the Michigan DNR Master Angler Award (and Marble's Fred Trost's Trophy Fish Award) for one of his record-setting catches.
Tom had some good fishing memories, but none of them compared to his epic deer hunting stories. Everyone that Tom talked to knew about his passion for deer hunting and anyone that visited Tom's house wouldn't be able to leave before hearing about his deer hunting adventures, specifically the eight-point that hung above his living room window. Tom had a love for all things outdoors which included gardening, transplanting trees and hanging out with his cat, Peakers.
Tom also had a passion for small engines and if you lived in Buckley, chances are he had worked on your lawn mower at some point in time.
If there was one thing Tom wanted you to know it is that all people are to be valued for who they are, and they are to be measured by their characters, not their pocket books. Tom was often trying to give back to others, even though he had so little. This was just who he was to the core. This became evident when he'd volunteer for Freedom Builders' projects. Tom was more concerned about those projects than he was his own. Tom was someone we were fortunate to call a friend and a brother in Christ.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton Zinn and Elaine Brooks (Ransom).
Tom is survived by sister, Marlene Bigelow; brother, Edward Macomber; son, Thomas Clinton Zinn; granddaughter, Mayleigh Zinn; and grandson, Thomas Clinton Zinn Jr.
A memorial service will be held for Tom at The Tabernacle Church located at 213 E. Wexford Ave., Buckley, on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.
Published on September 30, 2017