Tom was a member of the West Iron County Fire Department in Iron River Michigan. Tom was training officer at the time of his accident. In December 2004, he suffered injuries in an accident while responding to a fire. Tom was left a quadriplegic for 7 months before succumbing to his injuries in July 2005.
As well as doing what he loved as a Fire fighter, he was a member of the Iron County Search and Rescue team. Tom was a proud 20 year retiree of the U.S Navy.
Tom left behind 3 children, Maggie age 6, Robbie age 5 and an adult daughter Alisha and her family. Also survived by brothers Bob (Diane) Ivey and their family, Ted (Karen) Ivey and their family, John ( Pam) Ivey and their family, and Lenny ( Sue) Ivey and their family. Tom was also survived by close friends Mike (Lisa) Goriesky and their family and Richard Sharp and his family.
Upon his passing, he was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Leonard and Agnes Ivey, sister Mary Jane Ivey, nephew Derek Ivey and nephew Duane Ivey.