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Thomas H. Dishneau


September 11, 2018

BERGLAND, Mich. - Thomas H. Dishneau, 83, of Bergland, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at home in Bergland.

Tom was born on Dec. 19, 1934, in Nadeau, Michigan, son of the late Howard and Margaret (Costley) Dishneau. He lived in Nadeau until 1951, when his family relocated to Bergland for a few years. He graduated from Bergland High School in 1953.

After high school, Tom served in the U.S. Army from September1953 until 1956, when he was honorably discharged. Part of his Army service was spent in Germany, where he was decorated with a Good Conduct medal and Sharpshooter medal.

Tom was also employed by the White Pine Copper Company for many years as a pipe fitter. One of the highlights of Tom's career was working in the U.S. Antarctic Program. He was deployed 10 times to Antarctica, which included two "winter-overs" and trips to all three U.S. Antarctic stations. Tom was involved in the community through serving as a school board member at the Bergland Community School and as a volunteer firefighter.

On Feb. 16, 1957, he was married to Vivian Benson at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ewen.

Tom is survived by his two sons, Michael "Tom" (Becky) and Andy, both of Bergland; two daughters, Lori (Robert Beiersdorf) Dishneau, Castle Pines, Colo., and Angela (Vernon) Cochran, Knoxville, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion of six years, Jeanette Stenson of Trout Creek, Mich.

Throughout his life, Tom had many interests, including travel, reading, fishing and camping, but most of all he was a man who loved his family and had a knack for making every one of his four children feeling like they were his "favorite."

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; a sister, Phyllis Dishneau, and a brother, Donald Dishneau.

Out of respect for Tom's wishes, cremation has taken place.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at the Aspirius Oncology Center for their attentiveness, care and concern during his extended period of illness. The Regional Hospice Services were truly outstanding, and we remain forever in your debt for the incredible service you provided to our Dad in his final days.

Donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society at

Arrangements were entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.

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