Obituary: Frederick A. Thomas

Frederick A. Thomas

BIG RAPIDS – Frederick A. Thomas, 82, of Big Rapids, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011.

He was born May 4, 1928 in Home Township of Newaygo County, the son of Joseph and Alice (Curtice) Thomas. Fred married Luella M. Cook on Oct. 18, 1947, and together they made their home in the Big Rapids area where Fred worked most of his life. He had been employed at Liberty Dairy and also enjoyed farming and working as a livestock dealer.

Fred and Luella enjoyed many winters in Hudson, Fla. and New Port Richey, Fla.

Fred was an avid and accomplished deer hunter; he liked to snowmobile, bowl, camp, fish and he loved playing cards with his grandchildren. Every year, Fred’s family and friends enjoyed the bounties of his wonderful vegetable garden.

He is survived by five children, Connie (Duane) Hurst of Reed City, Ken (Birnie) Thomas of Big Rapids, Kathy (Gary) Polsinelli of East Grand Rapids, LouAnn (Doug) Gregory of Stanwood and Deb (Don) Merriss of Reed City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Virginia) Thomas of Greenville; two sisters, Dorothy Alice Seaman of Mackinaw City and MaryJo (Randy) VonFeldt of Stafford, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Fred was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and his beloved wife of 62 years, Luella, who preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2009. Fred has missed Luella every day since her passing and her family can take some comfort in the thought that they are now together forever.

Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor Mike Riegler officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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