Robert Thomsen Way D.D.S., 73, of Frankfort and Bonita Springs, Fla., died peacefully July 18, 2014. He was the son of the late Dorothea and Robert McCabe Way of Galesburg, Ill. Tom was educated in the Galesburg public schools and graduated from the University of Iowa
in 1965 with a bachelor's degree and D.D.S. from the College of Dentistry. He received awards from the International College of Dentistry and the American Association of Endodontists for proficiency and professional growth. Tom was a member of Phi Delta Theta and Delta Sigma Delta.
After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Navy
as a lieutenant at the San Diego Naval Training Center and aboard the U.S. Navy Destroyer Tender, U.S.S. Isle Royale in the Pacific.
In 1968, Dr. Way began his dental practice in Midland where he resided for 30 years. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization, Midland County Dental Society, Classic Car Club of America, MG T. Register of New England and the National Hot Rod Association. He was also a member of the Congregational Summer Assembly in Frankfort, and the Fishing, Bocce and Bonita Bay Clubs in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Long standing interests were classic car and hot rod car restoration for personal pleasure and competition, and fishing on Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake and the backwaters of Sanibel and Pine Islands in the Florida Gulf.
Upon retirement, Tom and his wife, Jana, moved to Crystal Lake, Frankfort and to Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs, Fla., where he enjoyed rewarding years with family and friends.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jana B. Way; son, Christopher Way and his wife, Michelle; grandchildren Peyton, Brody and Elin of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Shannon Way and her husband, Martin; and grandchildren, Madeline, Sybil and Claire of Denver, Colo. Tom is also survived by a sister, Martha Dapogny and her husband, Jack, of Granby, Colo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Way Liston of Arizona.
A memorial will be held Aug. 16, 2014, at 10 a.m., on the knoll overlooking Crystal Lake at the Congregational Summer Assembly, 2128 Pilgrim Highway, Frankfort, MI 49635. Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Summer Assembly.