Effingham Daily News
---- — Gerald D. “Jerry” Thomas, 64, of Windsor, died at 12:49 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.
A private family service will be Thursday with the Rev. Kathy Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Grace Cemetery, Strasburg, with military rites by the Strasburg American Legion Post 289. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 20, at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg. Memorials may be given to Special Olympics or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at www.howeandyockey.com.
Jerry was born on Oct. 14, 1949, in Effingham, the son of William Howard “Bill” and Kathleen Marie Culver Thomas. He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School in the Class of 1967 and then served in the U.S. Navy. Jerry later attended Lake Land College. He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in Decatur as a pipefitter until his retirement. Jerry enjoyed playing golf, watching NASCAR and football, listening to old country music and taking an occasional trip to Vegas. His two granddaughters, Olivia and Emily, were Papa Jerry’s pride and joy.
He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Zary (Michael) of Plainfield; granddaughters, Olivia and Emily Zary of Plainfield; brothers and sisters, Terry Thomas (Dorothy) of Strasburg, Barbara Thomas of Springfield, Beverly Newcomb (Darrell) of Charleston, John Thomas (Tina Warren) of Mattoon, Becky Sappenfield (Ralph) of Newton, Donald Thomas (Marlys) of Cowden, Ron Thomas (Fawn) of Strasburg, and Roger Thomas (Barb) of Strasburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim and Randy Thomas and Larry Joe Thomas, in infancy.
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