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Thomas  W.  McLiechey III
  • Historic Adventist Village
    480 W Van Buren Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49037
  • Sojourner Truth Foundation
    34 Jackson St. West, Tower 1, Suite 2A
    Battle Creek , MI 49017

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“My condolences to the family. No matter when you saw him your were always received with a smile. A very caring and loving person. That will be...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa Hickman - Chalotte, NC

“Grandpa you were my everything you were My hero you were the man that never left never hurt me you always looked out for me you were always my number...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Katreena Mcliechey - battle creek, MI

“I Love You Dad Take care of all our Love ones up in Heaven . .Its not goodby its we will meet again so give kisses to everyone for me MISS YOU...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: brenda saylor - battle creek, MI

“To my cousin's family: may God be with you all during this time of sorrow and give you the strength each of you need. RIP our dear cousin. Judy and...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Sandra Wright - Palmdale, CA

5 of 19 | Posted by: Lynn Gray - Battle Creek, MI

6 of 19 | Posted by: Lynn Gray - Battle Creek, MI

“My deepest condolences to the family. Loved, loved, loved his heart, his passion, his knowledge, his light. May it shine on in all who crossed his...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Lynn Gray - Battle Creek, MI

“You will always be my strength ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Irene Hardgrove - Battle Creek, MI

“May my cousin rest in heavenly peace. Sending prayers to the family for strength to get through this time of sorrow. My love to each and everyone of...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Sandra j Wright - Palmdale, CA

“Our deep condolences to the family. Let God be your comfort . ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Scott-Boria - Oak Park, IL

“Thomas was our family babysitting 65 years ago. We lived next door to each other. This year we reconnected and I was able to visit his lovely...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Scott-Boria - Oak Park, IL

“My dear friend, you have access to Grandma now like never before. So I know you're in Heaven. Thank you for being the perfect gentleman, the best co...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Angela Terga - Clewiston, FL

“My prayers an thoughts are going out to the family so sorry to hear about your loss. He'll be sadly missed by his family and friends who truly loved...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Cummings - Battle Creek, MI

“Sending a heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult process.❤ ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Benita Whitney - Midwest City, OK

“I always enjoyed our conversations with Tom. I will forever cherish the beautiful and heartfelt artwork rendering by Tom of Sojourner Truth and her...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Dave Eddy Eddy - MI - Friend

“My last conversation with Wish was me telling him the next time i come to Michigan i was coming to see Him.I was looking forward to hearing the...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Tracy McLiechey - Duluth, GA

“Always love you never forget you your pain is gone know Heaven got a nother Angle please watch over all of us love ya Margaret ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Margaret Mcliechey - Battle creek, MI

“My condolences to the McLiechey family on the passing of Thomas (Wish), who will always be remembered for for being such an inspiration, and...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Brenda Schero - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear ThomasThanks so much for accepting my friendship. Please tell my mentor, your grandmother, Sojourner Truth, I said "hello." Solomon, the wise...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. LaVerne C. Hall - WA

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Thomas Walter McLiechey III, age 82, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, June 6, 2022.

Thomas was born January 9, 1940 in Battle Creek, the son of Thomas Walter and Oleada (Huges) McLiechey. He enjoyed volunteering weekends at the Battle Creek Historical Museum and Historic Adventist Village. He loved estate sales, cooking, Motown music and spending time with his family. Thomas was very proud of his heritage as a descendant of Sojourner Truth, which meant a lot to him and his family.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Margaret McLiechey; children, Tommy McLiechey, Timothy McLiechey, Donald McLiechey, Shelley McLiechey, Brenda Saylor, Irene Hardgrove, Justin McLiechey and 21 grandchildren; siblings, Phyllis Webster, Patricia Brooks, Shirley McLeichey, Doris Cochran and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Doreea McLiechey, granddaughter Ericia McLiechey and a brother, Michael McLiechey.

Thomas's family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, and one hour prior to the service on Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2022 at North Avenue Church of God. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be directed to the Sojourner Truth Fund or to the Historic Adventist Village, 480 Van Buren St. Battle Creek, MI 49037. The family would like to send a special thank you to Crystal McLiechey for the care she provided to her grandfather. Personal messages for Thomas's family may be shared at