SEARS — Lyell E. Thomas, 88, of Sears, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Lyell was born on Feb. 20, 1926, in Sears, to Ray and Opal Jane (Brackett) Thomas. He graduated from Evart High School in 1943. Lyell was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He married Geneva Louise Kushmaul on May 7, 1950, in Sears. He farmed after he got out of the service, retiring in 1992. He was the Orient Township supervisor for a number of years and worked at Liberty Dairy and for the Department of Agriculture doing crop survey work. Lyell loved his family, grandkids, and Charlie, his beloved Schnauzer. He was a published poet who enjoyed music and traveling. He liked to hunt and fish in his earlier years.