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John Richard Thomas
John R. Thomas, age 73, of 10 Central Avenue, Bloomsburg (Carroll Park) died peacefully at his home at 6:25 a. m. Thursday, October 29, 2020 with his daughters by his side.
Born in Orangeville on July 30, 1947, he was a son of the late Harold and Margaret (Hartman) Thomas. He was a 1965 graduate of Central Columbia High School and resided in Carroll Park since July, 1985.
John served his country as a member of the U. S. Army for 20 years from 1965 to 1985. He was employed by Kawneer, Corp., Bloomsburg for 11 years as an estimator, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Shiloh Bible Church, Almedia, where he sang in the choir.
John was an active Mason belonging to Oriental Lodge 460, F & AM, Orangeville, where he was a Past Worshipful Master and served as treasurer for many years. He belonged to Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, where he served as a volunteer in the office for a number of years. He received the 33rd degree in recognition of his Masonic service. He also was a member of Irem Shrine, Dallas.
A member of the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society, he served as president for several years, retiring recently due to his health.
John was a member of the Espy Fire Co. where he was a past-president and former treasurer and of the Orangeville Fire Co. where he was a former auditor and volunteer at the annual carnival. He served on the Scott Township Planning Commission and worked at the Bloomsburg Fair in security at the Arts and Crafts building. During flood emergencies he volunteered at the 911 center.
He was a member and former commander of the Valley of Bloomsburg Post 273, American Legion, Ft. McClure Post 804, VFW, Bloomsburg Elks Lodge 436 and the Covered Bridges Association. John also served as a volunteer chaplain at the Bloomsburg Hospital for many years.
John was preceded in death by his wife, the former Carol Jean Horn, on June 1, 1992, by four brothers: Hervey R. Thomas, Donald V. Thomas, David H. Thomas and Paul Thomas, by three sisters: Mary Kocher, Deanna Stauffer and Dorothy Creveling.
Surviving are two daughters: Kathy Jean, wife of Anthony Russo and Donna Jean Thomas, a granddaughter, Lillia Carol Quesada, all at home; five siblings: Helen Ann, wife of Dale Davis, Dale E. Thomas, and his wife Bernice, all of Bloomsburg, Shirley Bower, Sweet Valley, Roselyn Smith and Doris Creveling, both of Bloomsburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a. m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Douglas H. Lyon, officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Orangeville with military honors by the combined American Legion and VFW group. Viewing will be on Sunday from 3-5 p. m. with Masonic services at 5 p. m. by Oriental Lodge 460, F & AM.
To the Thomas Family,
So sorry for your loss of a family gem. He certainly was a gentle giant always willing to help/serve where needed. John will always be rememered as one of Orangeville's finest and assisting to bring our treasured school bell back home. Rest in peace.
Dale & Suzanne Moore Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
Such a good man. A great conversationalist. I am honored to have known him and will always remember him fondly. God speed John and prayers for his family.
Doug Farley Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
John always had a smile on his face. Whenever I saw John, he would give me a jimug and a kiss. John's laugh was infectious. He will be greatly missed by me and my sister Merry Acor.
Kimberly Acor-Long Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM
I enjoyed working at the fair with John. He was like big brother to Kim and myself. I will miss him greatly. Prayers for your family's loss.
Merry Acor Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM
John was a gentle giant, always kind, faithful and willing to help whenever possible. He loved his family and the Lord. He will be greatly missed in all of the capacities in which he served. Our condolences to the family.
Gene and Wilma Steinruck Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss! John was one of a kind always with a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed in our community! RIP! Rena Lynn, Bob and Gail Leitzel
Gail Leitzel Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM
Uncle John.... didn't have a mean bone in his body. He loved everyone. He was full of life and leant his hand out to anyone that needed it.
He will be sadly missed here on earth but he is now at peace joining the love of his life, Aunt Carol...
Cindy Levan Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM
It has been an honor to know this man......he is now with his beloved wife and our Lord.......you will be missed by so many but the memories only bring smiles.......hugs to all the family........Joe and Lorraine Feola
Lorraine Feola Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM
I first met John when he came as a patient to Phoenix Rehabilitation in Bloomsburg where I was the Facility Secretary. He brightened up our days when he came there. I came to find out that he graduated from high school with my husband. I also had contact with him at the Bloomsburg Fair. John was an exceptional person to know and be friends with. The memory smiles he has left us with are blessings to behold!
Our deepest condolences to Johns family and friends. We know you will miss him tremendously.
Rest In Peace, John.... until we meet again.
Carol and Keith Lehman
Carol and Keith Lehman Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of your family during this difficult time. As a staff member at Bloomsburg University, I recall seeing John at basketball and softball games and was fortunate to view the recent message of him thanking our department for the video we took part in. You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, John!! Sincerely, Brenda Pitonyak
Brenda Pitonyak Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM