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Donald R. Thomas

November 28, 1931 November 11, 2017
Donald R. Thomas
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Peoria- Donald R. Thomas, age 85, of Peoria, passed away at 10:40 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Villas of Holly Brook in Pekin, IL.

Born November 28, 1931 in Clinton, Iowa he was a son to Ralph and Rose (Willihnganz) Thomas. He honorably served in United States Air Force during the Korean War. On June 16, 1962 he married the love of his life Dorothy J. Wenger in Fairbank, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 24, 2016.

Donald received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 and
his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966, both from the University of Iowa. Prior to moving to Peoria, Donald worked for Collins Radio, where he helped design the communication equipment for the Apollo and Mercury Spacecrafts. He worked for Komatsu Dresser from 1973 till 1994. Donald also taught full-time at Bradley University from 1966 till 1972 and part-time until 1995 in the Mechanical Engineering Department

Donald was a lifelong Chicago Cubs Fan as well as an avid golfer and bowler. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, having sang in their church choir for many years, and the Peoria Cursillo. Donald was a member of the Knights of Columbus Spalding Council #427, 4th Degree and served as past treasurer. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include four children; Kathleen (Kevin) Davis of Seattle, WA, Steven (Kimberly) Thomas of Glasford, IL, Linda (Michael) Tucker, of Dunlap, IL and Mark Thomas (Kendra Duckstein) of Denver, CO. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Kara (Jeremy) DeBerg of Marion, Iowa, Matthew Davis of Ames, IA, and Grace, Jacob and Hannah Thomas of Glasford, IL and two great-granddaughters Madeline and Mya Deberg.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, one brother Robert Thomas and one sister Bernice Speir.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM till time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Burial will take place Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Fairbank, Iowa.

Memorials in Donald’s memory may be made to the Peoria Cursillo.

The family is greatly appreciative for the staff at Villas of Holly Brook and Vistas Hospice for all the love and care they provided for Donald during his last few months.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

24

Nov

10:00 AM 11/24/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11/24/2017 11:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

24

Nov

11:30 AM 11/24/2017 11:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Peoria Cursillo Center

419 NE MADISON AVENUE
Peoria, IL 61603
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