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Mr. Thomas Scott Dobberteen
  • Alpha-1 Foundation
    3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Three Rivers Health Hospice
    633 Erie St.
    Three Rivers, MI 49093

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“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...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Colleen Clark - Centreville, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Dan Hicks - Clarkston, MI

“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...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Winchester - Schoolcraft, MI

“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...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ruth and Jim Prouse - Sanford, MI

“CarynJim 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...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jim and Maddie Higgins - FL

“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.. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Claudia & Larry Sailor - FL

“May you always being fishing and trail blazing. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Chris and Kathy Mann - MI


8 of 11 | Posted by: Derek Schrader - Ypsilanti, MI

“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...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Demchuk - Lawton, MI

“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...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: John Starks - Crystal Lake, IL

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


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 www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.