Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 26, 2014

Thomas Patrick Clutts

LAKE ANN — Thomas Patrick Clutts, 73, of Lake Ann, formerly of Flushing, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Munson Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 17, 1940, in Flint, the son of Vernon Eugene and Thelma Kathleen (Brown) Clutts.

Thomas graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1958. After high school he attended Ferris Institute.

He married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Santa, on July 8, 1961, in Flint.

He graduated from Ferris Institute with a degree in pharmacy in 1963.

He was a partner in Herrlich’s Drug Stores in Flint. He later worked at Rite Aid in Flint and Traverse City.

Thomas enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. He loved being active with his grandchildren, attending Elizabeth’s singing performances, Jonathon’s football games, Harrison and Samuel’s baseball games and Grace’s ballet recitals. He lived for his great family parties.

Thomas was witty and had a fantastic sense of humor. He was an outstanding and loving husband, father and grandfather. Thomas will be greatly missed by all.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Clutts, of Lake Ann; children, Jeffrey (Sherrie) Clutts, of Lake Ann, Susan (Patrick) Hill, of Pierson, and David (Amelie) Clutts, of Goodells; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jonathon, Harrison, Samuel and Grace; mother, Thelma Clutts, of Traverse City; sister, Sandra Boldt, of Flushing; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and JoAnne Santa, of Colorado; brother-in-law, Charles Slack, of Mendon; nieces and nephews; and his beloved dachshunds, Annabelle and rescue dog, Minnie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Clutts; and sister-in-law, Darlene Slack.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Thomas’ family would like to extend a special thank you to the Munson Oncology staff and Dr. Warnaar for their outstanding care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Oncology Department, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684; or the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please visit Thomas’ webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message or memory with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.

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