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Mike Tomlin

Funeral service for Michael Louis Tomlin of Jackson was held Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Ford and Sons Funeral Chapel in Jackson. Burial was at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Mike, 78, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 9, 1943, in Marshall, to Malcolm and Mildred Zimmerman Tomlin. Mike and Terri Gohn were married Sept. 16, 1978, in Jackson.

Mike graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1961 and attended Northwest Missouri State University. He was a self-employed insurance broker since 1968 and owned Tomlin Insurance Agency in Jackson. Mike also owned Trooper Sporting Clays and Hunt Club. He was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church.

Mike was a charter member of the Jackson Elks; founding donor of the Jackson R-2 School Foundation, member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. He loved to work on his Whitewater River farm, and fish and quail hunt all over Cape County with his bird dogs. In his younger years, Mike was a great bowler and a private pilot.

Mike was fortunate to travel with Aetna Insurance Company associates to Italy, France, Germany, Peru and Spain. Day trips in his red Corvette pleased him greatly. He enjoyed keeping up with his grandchildren’s sporting activities. Mike was very generous and always willing to help people and special charities.

Survivors are his wife, Terri of Jackson, children, Suzanne (Mark) Beall of Morrison, CO, Michelle (Steven) Ross of Brentwood and Josh (Susan) Tomlin of Cape Girardeau, grandchildren, Regan, Camryn and Kendall Beall of Morrison, CO, Alec Turner and Anna Ross of Brentwood and sister-in-law, Joey Tomlin of Jefferson City. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Tomlin and David Tomlin.

Many thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for him though the past four years as well as the Jackson Fire Department personnel who provided assistance.

Memorial donations may be given to Jackson R-2 School Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City, Old McKendree Chapel, SEMO Food Bank or the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society.

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Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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