Thomas Biber
1946 - 2020
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Biber, Thomas Thomas Biber died in Sarasota Florida on Friday, July 31, 2020. He was the son of Walter and Frances Biber. He is survived by many loving family members, including his siblings Mike and Walter Biber and Mary Scapatticci as well as his step children Michael Kosanke, Laurie Jackson and Julie Schnooberger, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tom was born in Jackson, Michigan in 1946 and moved with his family to Kalamazoo, Michigan when his father Walter became the head pro at Kalamazoo Country Club in 1951. In his younger years, his life and character was formed by attending St. Joseph elementary school. The entire family was influenced by the Church and the Nuns. Tom became an accomplished amateur golfer during his younger years, by enjoying the benefits of the Kalamazoo Country Club and its Members. Tom won the KCC Junior Invitational, with his longtime friend, Tom Schwartz. Tom attended Hackett High School and graduated in 1965. He attended junior college for several years but then was drafted in Into the United States Army -- One of his more memorable and satisfying times, surprising to many, was basic training and his time in Germany. Advance through the Army ranks, he became responsible for much of the personnel decisions being made at the German bases. Upon his return to the United States he became involved in the golf business, following in the footsteps of his father. He became the head golf professional at Klinger Lake Country Club. In the 1970's, he acquired Ridgeview Golf Course, along with his partner and friend Tom Gauntlett. The Biber family has operated it since then. Tom married the love of his life, Lorraine, in 1980. Tom loved to 'dote' on her. Lorraine work closely with Tom in the operation of the golf course until her unfortunate death. Tom moved to Florida for the last years of his life. During that time he was active at Incarnation Church and cared for his Mother, Frances. During that time, he fondly and frequently remembered his growing up in Kalamazoo with his family and his lovely wife Lorraine and her family. During Tom's long and final illness he enjoyed being with his family as often as possible. "Eating out" and going for drives were some of his favorite things. Tom will be buried at Mt. Olivet cemetery next to his parents and wife. There will be a funeral mass at St Augustine on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. preceded by a Rosary at Redmond Funeral Home on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace.


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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2020.
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August 11, 2020
Rest In Peace Tom. After Aunt Lorraine died you would always be so generous by showing up in our time of emotional need. My condolences to your family and my cousins (your stepchildren).
God be with you.

Jim Olson
Jim Olson
Family
August 9, 2020
Tom was a good friend and a great guy.
Mark T Wagner
Friend
August 6, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I knew you guys from an early age and we had great friendships. Hope to see and talk to you again
Richard Laux
Friend
August 6, 2020
Mike, Wally and families,
Sorry to hear about Tom.
Bruce Williams
August 6, 2020
I am sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I have wonderful memories of Tom, Lorraine and of course Ridgeview golf course. Tom had a heart of "Gold". Peace be with you my friend as you make your final journey. May God and love for Tom comfort the Biber family.
RichardMoritz
Friend
August 5, 2020
To the Bieber family,
We are very sad to hear of Tom’s passing and your loss.
A great golfer and all around good guy!
Kathleen (Swiat) and Bill Howard
August 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Randall Heim
Friend
August 5, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to all the Biber family. I enjoyed working with Tom in the 70’s and learned many things about the golf business from him. I will miss him.
Dave Palmatier
Friend
August 5, 2020
Wally, sorry to hear about Tom. He was always a good guy.
Frank Tibbitts
August 5, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Tom's family. He was a dear friend of my husband Tom!

Susan Schwarz
Susan Schwarz
Friend
August 4, 2020
So Sorry for the loss of your brother, Wally. Thinking of you.
Amy Remmert
August 4, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.You will always be remembered and always in my prayers!!
I cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful memories and times we shared
Mary Fran VenRoy
Family
August 4, 2020
May the closiness of friends and family bring confort to you.
Joan Taylor
Friend
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