Frank Elsworth Toms, Sr.

Whittemore, Michigan
September 1, 1931 - September 20, 2018

Service Location

Good News Ministries Church


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Frank Elsworth Toms, Sr. of Whittemore, formerly of Tawas City and St. Helen, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, age 87 years. Frank was born on September 1, 1931 in Baldwin Township to Harry and Antoinette (Bellant) Toms. Frank was a graduate of Tawas Area High School, class of 1949. He then enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country for 3 years as a paratrooper. After his honorable separation from the military, Frank went to work in the propane industry and decided to step away and enjoy his retirement in 1995 after 42 years. He will always be remembered for his love of fishing, bowling, hunting, and most importantly, playing with his grandchildren. Frank was also a very community oriented man, who gave many volunteer hours to his hometown. He served as the Assistant Fire Chief of Richfield Township Fire Department in St. Helen and he was also one of the members that started the Firemen’s memorial in Roscommon. Frank was a member of the American Legion Post #0416 in St. Helen, a member of the Tawas Bay Eagles Lodge, and a faithful member of the Good News Ministries Church in Whittemore where he worked the food truck for many years. Frank will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him! He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Toms of 63 years, to whom he married on October 16, 1954 in Bay City. Frank is also survived by his daughter, Cynthia (David) Basner, son Frank (Darla) Toms Jr; 3 grandchildren, Tina Dean, Christopher Toms, and Frank William Toms; 6 great grandchildren, Antoinette, Rebecca, Luke, Tayvin, Colby, and Wes; 3 great great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Jocelynn, Augustus; 3 brothers, Doug (Kay) Toms, Leo (Joanne) Lorenz, and Harry (Dottie) Toms; 2 sisters, Carol Pavelock, and Frances (Tom) Tucker; favorite special nieces, Bonnie Todd and Cheryl Smith. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Irene, Agnes, and Isabelle; and a grandson Wayne; and great granddaughters Alexis and Rachelle. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and his family will host a celebration of his life at the Good News Ministries Church at a later date to be announced. An online guest registry is available to leave a condolence for his family at


Good News Ministries Food truck


Papa was an amazing man. He taught me so much. I loved fishing with him on the boat. Just so many things I will miss. I'm happy that I was his granddaughter. Papa even though your journey on earth is over, your journey in heaven has begun in it. I love you vey much.
— tina Dean
You will be greatly missed but your love we will carry in our hearts. Blessings to all those you leave behind in their time of sorrow.
— Pamela Locht
So very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Chris. & Martha Isaacson
Uncle Frank ( dad) with deepest sympathy I have to let you go. I know you are now in a happier place without pain. You are one of the greatest men I know. You were there for everyone, & loved everything thing you did. I have learned so much from you. I know your having fun in heaven because you are also surrounded with love there.

Love you dad & will miss you every day Bonnie,Mark
— Bonnie Todd
May you, his family and dear friends, find comfort in the many wonderful memories that you share of such a great man. My heartfelt condolences.
— Leslie Beatty
Had the pleasure of meeting and serving Frank And Harry & Dottie many times at CHAMPS Bowling Center if Tawas. Always good memories for me. May GOD BLESS All of you !!!!!!!!!! Yes Harry you can still call me "Dougie" !!!!!! hahahaha
— doug stephenson
Uncle Frank without you I don't know Where I would have ended up. You were my father, my mentor, my moral compass..Everything ...from the time I was little to the day you passed.It was your house I went to for holidays..It was your house that my kids and I went to every .weekend. I could not have made it without you. I miss you terribly. Cheri
— Cheri Smith
We are so sorry to hear about Frank. We always enjoyed his company at deer season. True, we only saw him once a year for 7-10 days, but it was always a great time.
— Yooper Deer Hunters
We are so very sorry for your families loss. Frank was a kind and giving man who was loved by many. He was a valued member of our church who helped many and was always a good friend to all. We will miss our visits with him. Sincerest condolences to your family.
— Mike and Angie Sadler

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