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January 23, 1950 - May 19, 2020
Thom passed away at the age of 70 on Tues, May 19th, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN from Diabetes complications. He was born in 1950 in Washington, D.C. & he grew up in Duluth. He graduated from Duluth East High in 1969 & attended college in Duluth & Minneapolis. He worked as a Railroad Conductor, Maintenance man, Medical Asst., Auto salesman, Realtor, & 14 years as a Paraprofessional at Duluth Denfeld & MIB, Mesabi Academy until he retired in 2012
He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas E. Plante, Sr., mother, Virginia Lee (Bauer) Plante, his youngest brother, J.S. (Joni) Plante, and his beloved grandmother who helped raise him, Virginia (Nana) Bauer. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cheryl (Parker) Plante, & their son Timothy Plante of Duluth, He had two sons with his former spouse, Kari (Weyers) Plante, Jerod Plante of California, Nicholas (Cheryl) Plante of Pennsylvania, they share five grandchildren., his brother Rick (Bonnie) Plante, sister, Lori (Tom) Rocheford, brother-in-law, Grant (Tasha Kingston) Parker, & two nieces & four nephews.
Thom, aka T-bone, & the Oracle, had many great friends and coworkers in his life. His best friend since 2nd grade & net boy , Greg Anderson, The boys from high school had an annual fishing contest with a traveling trophy. Thom loved to go fishing with The guys from Britt too. Thom also adored his companion dog, Josie and he secretly liked his two cats as well.
Thom’s most memorable life adventures were, Trips into the BWCA with friends & family, falling through the ice while fishing, hitchhiking to Colorado after high school to live, work & ski. Traveling across the country for his job from 1988- 1990 with his wife Cheryl and his young sons, Jerod & Nick joining them along the way. He was an amazing cook and if you were lucky enough to try his 5# pound cake you were in heaven! Thom volunteered for the boy scouts in Britt & helped guide his son Tim to become an eagle scout in 2010.
Thom kept a positive outlook in life and he always made people laugh. Although he lost much of his speaking ability from a stroke & aphasia during his last few years, he remained happy going to movies & out to eat with family & friends. Due to the Pandemic, a celebration of his life will be postponed until it is safer to gather.