Mr. Thomas Scott Dobberteen

  • Born: March 19, 1955
  • Died: January 27, 2017
  • Location: Sturgis, Michigan

Hackman Family Funeral Homes - Hackman Chapel

114 S Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

Tel. (269) 651-2331

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mr. Thomas Scott "DOBB" DOBBERTEEN age 61 of Sturgis, Michigan. The "Alpha-1" disease and hard fought journey of 21 years ended peacefully for Mr. Thomas S. Dobberteen at his home on January 27, 2017.
Thomas was born March 19, 1955, in Sturgis, Michigan the son of the late William and Shirley (Geil) Dobberteen.
Tom was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1973. While a student at Sturgis High School, Tom excelled in athletics, especially football and wrestling, and has recently been nominated for the induction into the SHS Hall of Fame. His senior year he earned a third place ranking in the state wrestling tournament. He furthered his education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where he was a member of the wrestling team.
On July 23, 1993 he married Caryn Hice of Sturgis.
Following in his Father's footsteps he and his Brother John, became "Master Plumbers", and co-owned Dobberteen Plumbing along with their Father, Bill Dobberteen. Eventually owning and operating "Dobbs" Plumbing in later years. He also was a deep sea tender, diver and made many dives in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, sometimes residing at sea for six months at a time. During his diving days he was living in New Orleans.
Tom was an avid kayaker and enjoyed several trips to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota. He enjoyed many camping/kayaking trips with his close friends on the St. Joe River along with trail riding. He also cheered on the Detroit Red Wings and watched many hockey games in his Man-Cave. He was a very talented stained glass artist and loved time at his "Cozy Little Cottage on a MI lake with Birds."
He is survived by his spouse, friend and caregiver of 24 years: Caryn "Dobby"; two sons: William Louis Dobberteen II of Sturgis and Samuel Paul Dobberteen of Washington; Grandchildren, Oliver and Kamaryn; step-mother: Marjorie Dobberteen of Sturgis; One sister: Nancy (Mike) Hagaman of Cypress, Texas; two brothers: John (Lynn) Dobberteen of Sturgis, and Bill (Barb) Dobberteen of West Olive and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will take place Wednesday, February 1st, from 4 to 7 PM at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. "The Final Farewell/Finale" will take place on Thursday, February 2nd beginning at 4 PM at the Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd. in Sturgis. In accordance with his wishes cremation will take place after the Finale.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 or Three Rivers Health Hospice, 633 S Erie St., Three Rivers, MI 49093.
The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I often think about Tom and miss the talks we used to have. I can't believe it has been a year already. He truly is an Alpha Angel.

Posted by Dan Hicks - Clarkston, MI - Friend   January 26, 2018

Thinking of you in this difficult time. Although we never got the opportunity to meet Tom I can only imagine what a wonderful person he was, as your commitment and continued joy being with him was obvious.
Hugs and prayers for you Caryn.
Gary and Colleen Clark

Posted by Colleen Clark - Centreville, MI - Friend   February 11, 2017

I will miss the talks I used to have with Tom. He was one of my favorite Alphas I always looked forward to speaking with him. RIP my friend and my Alpha brother you will be missed dearly.
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. Dan Hicks,

Posted by Dan Hicks - Clarkston, MI - Friend   February 06, 2017

Caryn, I was saddened to hear the news about Tom. I know you tirelessly cared for Tom giving him a better quality of life. In my culture Tom has passed thru the Western Door to the Great Spirit above. My sincere condolences, Mike Winchester

Posted by Michael Winchester - Schoolcraft, MI - Friend   February 01, 2017


To Tom's family and friends,

May you find comfort in knowing that Tom is at peace now, even though he never complained. He endured his disease a long time, yet managed to enjoy life. I am glad that we got to be part of his life and enjoyed spending time at the lake with him. Lots of fun memories! May your loving memories sustain you until you meet up with Tom again. Make him proud and keep on going. Try to remember that each day is a good day to have a good day. I believe that he did.

Ruth and Jim Prouse

Posted by Ruth and Jim Prouse - Sanford, MI - Friend   February 01, 2017



Jim and I are so sad to hear of Tom's passing. We hope that you can find peace and comfort. Thank you for letting us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jim and Maddie Higgins - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   January 31, 2017

Caryn.....SO sorry to hear about Tom's passing. We have lots of fond and fun memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Miss you..

Posted by Claudia & Larry Sailor - Cape Coral, FL   January 31, 2017


May you always being fishing and trail blazing.

Posted by Chris and Kathy Mann - white pigeon, MI   January 31, 2017


Posted by Derek Schrader - Ypsilanti, MI   January 30, 2017

Hi Caryn, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I was thinking about you this weekend, in fact. My thoughts are with you, Caryn. I pray for peace in your heart, my friend.

Paula Demchuk
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Posted by Paula Demchuk - Lawton, MI - Coworker   January 30, 2017

Hello Bill, John and Nancy. I'm thinking of you all with great memories of time well spent at the lake and around your house when we were kids. May the memories of your brother and parents bring you peace.

Posted by John Starks - Crystal Lake, IL - Friend   January 29, 2017

The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by Hackman Family Funeral Homes - Sturgis, MI   January 29, 2017