Richard Junior "Dick" Thomas, 86, of Milan, died Monday, April 26, 2010.
He was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Pomeroy, Ohio, son of the late Richard Wesley and Gladys (Daniels) Thomas. He graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, Ohio, and enlisted in the armed forces on Dec. 15, 1942. He served in the 586th Bombardment Squadron, 394th Bomb G.P., and saw action in campaigns in the Rhineland-Central Europe. He was honorably discharged Feb. 22, 1946.
He worked for a brief time in the accounting department at the Inland Division of General Motors and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. degree in Economics. He worked in Dayton at the then CPA firm of Arnold, Hawk and Cuthbertson, and later at the A.O. Smith Corporation. In 1966, he moved his family to Lima, Ohio, where he was the Corporate Controller of the Lima Electric Company. In 1975, he became the Corporate Controller at Van Dresser Corporation in Norwalk and retired from there in 1991.
He was a lifetime member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He joined the National Association of Accountants in 1942 and became an emeritus life member of the organization which is now the Institute of Management Accountants.
He served on the Board of Trustees at Plum Brook Country Club and loved to play golf. For many years he was the treasurer of the Huron Investment Club. He was a lifetime member of United Methodist Church and was on the Finance Committee at Edison Memorial United Methodist Church in Milan. He loved to dance and listen to almost all kinds of music. He was an excellent bowler and enjoyed fishing, as well. He valued the time he could spend working in his shop on his favorite ShopSmith. He loved his home and working in the garden. He enjoyed watching sports and reading the comics.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann (Manley) Thomas whom he married in 1951. He adored his daughter Amy Suzanne (Thomas) Birtcher and son-in-law Dan Birtcher of Westerville, Ohio. Also surviving are sister-in-law, Betty Jane (Manley) Jones of Amherst, N.H., and her children, Roberta Jane (Jones) Meeks and Geoffrey Q. Jones, also of Amherst; and numerous cousins.
There will be no visitation. Private graveside services and interment will be Thursday morning in Milan Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to further the cause of Alzheimer's research.
Condolences may be shared with his family at grofffuneralhomes.com.