Thomas R. Thomas, 59, Iola, passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at his home.
Thomas was born Dec. 22, 1953, in Lake Charles, La., the son of Lyman Thomas and Mary Lou (McElfresh) Thomas. He grew up in McPherson, and graduated from high school in Denver, Colo.
He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1976 to January 1996 as a nuclear machinist mate.
On March 23, 2002, Thomas married Rhonda L. Andres in Iola where they made their home.
He was a member of the Garnett V.F.W. Post and served as past commander of the LaHarpe V.F.W. and past District 2 commander.
Survivors are his wife, Rhonda Thomas; one daughter, Donna Baral and husband, Christopher, Derby, Conn.; his parents, L. Thomas “Tom” and Mary Lou Thomas, Glen Elder; one brother, Mike Thomas and wife, Sherry, Kansas City, Mo.; one sister Susan DeBey and husband, Dave, Downs; three grandsons Tony Thomas, Okla., Donovan Beck, Derby, Conn., and Marc Cardenas, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Andres, Gas, two brothers-in-law, Rodney Andres and wife, Melissa, Gas and Rick Andres and wife, Tiffany, LaHarpe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas R. Thomas II and his father-in-law, Richard Andres.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Thomas R. Thomas Memorial Fund and may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
Helen Marie Dingus Stewart, 96, Iola, passed way Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Windsor Place in Iola.Helen was born Feb. 26, 1919, in Mound City, and moved to Blue Mound while in grade school. She finished her remaining years of grade school in Blue Mound.Helen married Vernon Dean... [More]
Mable Ellen Scoville, 100, formerly of Iola, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, at St. Mary’s Manor in Lee’s Summit, Mo.Mable was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Clarence J. and Mabel (Overman) Bricker. Her father died when she was 2 and... [More]
Floreine Applegate Purvis, 91, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Windsor Place in Iola.She was born June 16, 1924, in Kanopolis, the daughter of Orville Holly and Hazel Lucille (King) Gilkison.The family later moved from Kanopolis to Hartford and Floreine graduated from... [More]
Though their day jobs are as bookkeepers, Jan Sigg and Nikki Damron spend as much time in the garden and kitchen.The two women share a garden plot just east of the Elm Creek Community Garden south of town. Their love of cooking and canning fresh produce has made them fast friends.... [More]
For 37 years, Oliver Meliza made a career of paying closer attention to your blood than you did. As Allen County Regional Hospital’s chief medical technologist, Meliza’s role was to test and analyze the assortment of bodily fluids that influence the health of a patient... [More]
Thrive Allen County continues to gather steam toward its goal of making Allen County one of the healthiest counties in Kansas.The Kansas Health Foundation — in partnership with the Washington D.C.-based Center for Global Policy Solutions — has awarded the non-profit... [More]
- SUMMERTIME TRADITION: Cool treats cap off games
- Commissioners OK changes to hospital demolition
- Historian pilots program on WWI aviation
- Lusker visits local Dems
- Security upgrades force budget increase
- Infrastructure costs likely to play role in 2016 budget
- County proceeds with grocery plans
- Allen college trustees approve bids
Baseball has been a big part of Iola’s history — especially in recent memory. Iola High’s Mustangs took second at the Class 4A-II State Baseball Tournament in 2012, just eight years after the introduction of the sport at the high school. Also making a mark on... [More]
Iola Middle School athletics have officially been moved into the Pioneer League after the USD 257 Board of Education members voted for the change Monday night. Burlington Middle School was already a part of the Pioneer League and their high school just joined this year. That... [More]