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Thomas Howard DeLisle

January 17, 1954 ~ May 11, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old


On May 11, 2023, Tom DeLisle was admitted for a complex, emergency surgery. Tom left us unexpectedly from complications following surgery. He was a loving husband, dad, Papa, brother, and friend to many. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his wife, Kim DeLisle, daughter Melissa DeLisle Zakhem (James), son Marc Philip DeLisle, granddaughter, Rayna Janet Owens, sister Debra Lynn DeLisle (Edwin Taylor) and long time friends, Tim and Judy Sobik.

Tom was born to Raymond “Ray” and Thelma DeLisle on January 17, 1954 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1972 and later Denver Institute of Technology. Tom had a wonderful 25 year career with Colorado Springs Utilities. He made many long time friends while there.

Tom married Kim Ann Smith in 1973. Soon thereafter, they made a great life of almost 30 years in Monument, Colorado. After Tom retired in 2004, Kim’s career transferred the couple to Tampa, Florida and they have lived in Lake Jovita in Dade City, FL for 19 years.

Together, Tom & Kim loved to travel to Europe, across the United States in their travel trailer, and many trips back to their second home in Colorado to be closer to their children and grandchildren. One of Tom’s closest friends said, “You always knew when Tom entered a room. He was like a marching band coming to town”. He could make anyone laugh, loved to have fun, and always had a hug for anyone. He enjoyed playing his drums with his Rough Idle Band friends and golfing with all of his buddies. He also was known to have the ability to fix anything.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Ray, his mother, Thelma, brother-in-law, Paul Trautman and his life-long friends, Bill Tuinstra and Steve Cunningham.

He leaves behind his wife, Kim Ann Smith DeLisle, his daughter, Melissa DeLisle Zakhem (James), son , Marc Philip DeLisle, grandchildren, Rayna Janet Owens, Jacob Robert Zakhem, Gabrielle Jean Zakhem, sisters Susan Trautman DeLisle, Debra Lynn DeLisle (Edwin Taylor) and brother Mark Alan DeLisle (Beverly). He also leaves his sister in law, Loni Maki (Philip) and 10 nieces and nephews and life-long childhood friend, John Hohnstein.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a venue in Colorado at the end of June; Michigan the weekend of July 28th, and Lake Jovita in the fall.

We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer's Association.

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