William K. Thomas, 87, of Marion, passed away at home on October 30, 2012. He was the husband of Shirlee L. (Long) Thomas. Born in Waterbury, Nebraska, he was the son of Edith D. Leeper (Sigmon) and William M. Thomas. He graduated from Wheatland High School, Wheatland, Iowa, and the Naval V-12 program at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He served in U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War and was a reservist for 22 years. Mr. Thomas was a registered professional engineer. His volunteer accomplishments included: member and chairman of several published standards and specifications with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, member and past president of Associated Air Balance Council, Inc., and testing and balancing organization. He founded and was president of Thomas-Young Associates, Inc. for 45 years and was involved with many projects worldwide. Bill had a real passion for the newest and most recent gadgets and technologies. Love of family was of utmost importance to William. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirlee and 8 children; Richard and his wife Susan, Ronald and his wife Denise, Diana Lynn and her husband Lewis Booker, Jr., Hilary and her husband Marshall Sadeck, William, Jr. and his wife Donna, Nancy and her husband Alexander Robles, Charles and his wife Allison. He was predeceased by his daughter Heather. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A memorial service to honor his life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion at 11:00 am. His ashes were scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be given to St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and to leave a message of condolence, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Sentinel from May 18 to May 25, 2013