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Thomas Bernard Dempsey

October 20, 1931 ~ February 11, 2020 (age 88)

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Thomas Bernard Dempsey, age 88, of Adrian died Tuesday February 11, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living Center in the care of Hospice of Lenawee.  He was born October 20, 1931, in Adrian to Bernard and Helen (Keebler) Dempsey. He was a graduate of Adrian High School in 1950 then enlisted in the Air Force and served between 1951- 1955 during the Korean War.  He married Hazel (Jarrett) Alexander on June 29, 1957  who preceded him in death on February 23, 1989. He was employed by GM where he retired after 31 years.  He was a member of the VFW, The Moose, and American Legion where he enjoyed attending events , visiting people, and dancing. He was a caring man who frequently checked on the elderly and enjoyed being around people and his family.  The love he had for his family was abundant. He is survived by two sons, Bradley Dempsey of Adrian, and Jeffrey (Sheri ) Dempsey of Addison. Two Stepchildren, Patrick Alexander of Onsted, and Suzanne Miller of Manchester.  Five grandchildren, Jacob, Ashton, Allison, Jesslin and Cassandra Dempsey and 5 Step-grandchildren, Keith, Corinne, Kim , David, and Melissa. He also had 6 great grandchildren who he enjoyed being around. He is also survived by his sister Patricia (Robert) Ward of Adrian and preceded in death by his brother John (Jack) Dempsey and also his wife Joan of Eaton Rapids, and his dear friend,  JoAnn Minnick of Adrian.  At Tom’s request, cremation has taken place through J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Adrian.  Military Honors with a 21 gun salute at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian followed by a Celebration of life is being planned and will take place at a later date. You may send condolences to the family at

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