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Thomas E. Wallenmaier

December 12, 1941 March 2, 2011
Thomas E. Wallenmaier
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Thomas was born on December 12, 1941, in Detroit. He was awarded a scholarship to attend Catholic Central High School in Detroit and graduated in June 1959. In September 1959 he attended the University of Detroit and after one year, he began attending Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit to study for the Catholic priesthood.

He graduated with a Bachelors degree with a major in philosophy and English. In 1967 he received his M.A. in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the fall of 1967 he took a job teaching philosophy at St. Leo College in Dade City, Florida. After one year he returned to Michigan to begin studying for his Ph. D. at Michigan State University.

In February of 1969 he became a born-again Christian and began attending Bethlehem Temple Church in Lansing. After one year at MSU he moved to Detroit and began teaching philosophy at the University of Detroit. He continued taking classes at MSU and working on his dissertation while teaching at U. of D. At this time he also began work on his Master�s Degree in Science in biology at U. of D. He received his Ph. D. from MSU in 1973 and his M.S. from U. of D. in 1975. In 1975 he was laid off along with many other teachers from U. of D.

During this time he attended various churches in the Michigan area, such as Pentecostal House of God and Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple.

Thomas had married Marrion Darby in 1970. They had two children: Rachel Elizabeth, and Stephen Matthew. In 1975 Thomas began working for the Federal government with the Defense Supply Agency in Battle Creek. After one year Thomas found a position with the U. S. Department of Agriculture as an agriculture inspector in New York City. In 1980 he received a promotion to headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area and they moved to New Carrollton, Maryland. After a long struggle with diabetes, Marrion died in 1984.

Thomas remarried to Maggie Lee May on December 6, 1986. Maggie had two children already, Robert and Edward, who were adopted in 1990.

While living in Maryland, Thomas was an active member of several churches. He was involved in ministry at the Church of Jesus Christ in Washington, D.C., and while attending Christian Life Center in Gaithersburg, MD, he worked in the bus ministry and taught Sunday School for many years.

In 1992 Thomas and Maggie moved to Southfield, Michigan and Thomas worked for the USDA at Detroit Metro Airport as a supervisor. In 1996 Thomas took an early retirement from the USDA and began working as an educational consultant. In 2000 he received a full time position teaching philosophy at Henry Ford Community College. Tom and Maggie moved in 1992 to Royal Oak, Michigan.

As was his habit, Thomas quickly became heavily involved in the Apostolic churches he attended in Michigan. At Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple, he served as a Deacon and was Chairman of the Brotherhood Dept in addition to serving on multiple boards and commitees. He was heavily involved in Sunday School and with his wife Maggie started a tremendous Youth Camp that provided an opportunity for the young people of Clinton Street to receive the Holy Ghost, learn about prayer and other foundational truths. The revival atmosphere, mighty outpourings of the Holy Ghost, Prayer Journeys, worship and other activities are still remembered to this day.

At the time of his passing, Thomas Wallenmaier was serving as a Trustee at Bible Fellowship Christian Church. He also held the leadership position of Superintendent of the Education Department, and was heavily involved in outreach and evangelism, which was his passion. He assisted the church in many other ways, from being a faithful Sunday School teacher, to setting up a computer lab, to setting up the church website.

Thomas Wallenmaier was a man of varied and diverse interests. Aside from his highest passion, serving the Lord, he had a life full of many hobbies and interests. These included sailing, amateur radio, entomology (study of insects) music (played piano, guitar), travel (Australia, Paris, Germany, and other countries in Europe), languages (French, German, Latin, and Greek), genealogy of the Wallenmaier family. In fact, he researched the Wallenmaier descendants in America as well as traveled to Germany to receive an honorary key to the city of Marbach, where his ancestor served as Mayor.

As an educator, scientist, and philosopher, Thomas Wallenmaier also participated in a variety of professional organizations, produced multiple publications and presentations and was a lifelong student in his fields of interest. He was also a member of Phi Sigma Tau (National Honor Society in Philosophy), Maryland Entomological Society (served in various leadership roles including past President), and Michigan Entomological Society (served in various leadership roles). He also published a philosophy textbook that was used in several college-level Philosophy classes.

Thomas Wallenmaier was diagnosed with brain cancer in December of 2009 and peacefully departed this life on March 2, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory � his loving and devoted wife of 24 years Maggie; four children Rachel (Mark), Stephen, Robert and Edward; a sister Rose; a brother Mike; three grandchildren Joseph, Dakeveon, and Chloe; mother-in-law Dazzarine Ivey; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, church members, saints, associates and friends.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Tuesday 3-8pm. A funeral service will take place at Bible Fellowship Christian Church, 1106 Joslyn Avenue, Pontiac, Wednesday at 11am.

Interment in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.


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