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Thomas T. Migaki

Migaki, Thomas

Thomas T. Migaki, 86 passed away on January 3. 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN of complications from emergency abdominal surgery.  A forty seven year resident of Terre Haute, he was born to Kinhichi and  Hisano Migaki on April 23, 1927 in Troy, Montana. Tom graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors degree in microbiology and received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University.  He worked for Pfizer as a research veterinarian for twenty six years and retired in 1992.  After his retirement, Tom volunteered as a tutor, delivered Meals on Wheels, worked in the Salvation Army’s food pantry, helped build houses at Habitat for Humanity, served on the vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and was an active participant in life, particularly enjoying tennis and golf. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Amy Migaki; He is survived by two sons, Paul (Janet) of Corona del Mar, CA, Gregg of Chicago, grandchildren Lauren and Tom; daughter Mary Ellen Carter (David) of Indianapolis and grandchildren Kyle and Caroline Beagle.  He is also survived by an older brother, George (Riyo) of Newberg, OR.  He was also preceded in death by another brother, Jim. Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, January 10 at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 215 N 7th Street Terre Haute, IN 47807.  Funeral services will take place on Saturday, January 11 at 11 am, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1961 Endowment, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.

  1. I am Mildred’s oldest daughter and had the pleasure of meeting Tom this past year. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – a truly good man. I am very thankful that my mother had one (1) year with him as he always treated her with the utmost respect and thoroughly enjoyed his company. He will truly be missed. There is no doubt in my mind that he is now pain free and in the arms of our Lord. May God give you peace during this time of loss.

  2. Mary Ellen, Dave, Kyle and Caroline……..we were very sorry to hear about your Dad…it’s clear from his volunteer efforts that he was truly a caring and giving individual…..May God Bless………

  3. We were so saddened to learn of Tom’s passing.. He was such a wonderful person and a true gentleman. We had the pleasure of spending time with Tom and Aunt Mildred during a few of my sister’s art shows (Debbie Anderson/Joe). I know he will truly be missed by all who’s path he crossed, and especially Aunt Mildred. May God bless you and rest your soul dearest Tom, and may God bring tranquility to those loved ones left behind.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Tom and Candy Kesler

  4. Tom was a great co-worker and friend. We so much enjoyed our friendship with Tom and Amy. They were wonderful parents and friends to us. During our time together at Pfizer he was a great guy to work with. Following retirement, at our retiree luncheons and on the golf course, he was great to be with. To Tom and Amy’s children and their families, they are not really gone. The memories that you have and their legacies will be with you forever. And now, there are two stars in the Heavens that will shine eternally!

    Jess Shively

  5. My condolences to Paul and Janet, from a South class of 72 classmate. It’s difficult to lose a parent. He certainly had a remarkable life. Prayers for you.

  6. Paul, Mary Ellen and Gregg: How saddened I was to hear of your father’s passing. Our families go back so many years and have had so many wonderful experiences and memories — too many to even try to list. My prayers are with your family and while I know you will miss him terribly, please find strength in your (and his) faith.


  7. I worked with Tom, after he retired, on a committee to encourage Pfizer retirees to become volunteers in Terre Haute. He was fun to work with and a truly good person. I am sorry that he is gone.

  8. We were so saddened ME to learn of your father’s passing. He obviously was a remarkable man who lived a life that benefitted so many others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your brothers.

  9. Dear Paul and Janet, Iam so sorry for theloss of your father.My thoughts are prayers are with youand your family im not sure you rememer me but we did got o school togehter

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was truly a good friend and wonderful person. I have fond memories of the times Tom and Amy spent with my wife Mary and me. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  11. I am saddened to learn of your loss. Tom was such a dear sweet man, as was his wife Amy. Both Tom and Amy were good friends of my parents, Mary and Jim Engle. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time. Hugs and prayers, Karen Stout

  12. Mary Ellen, Paul and Gregg,
    There was not a better man than your dad. He gave his talents to one and all. We were
    fortunate to have Tom and Amy’s generous support over the last 34 years. Know that we will always be thankful for the unselfish time they gave our family.
    We send our deepest sympathies, Dave and Char

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