Ralph "Butch" Thomas, Jr., 63, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines following a ten month battle with cancer.
The funeral service will be 12 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013 at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave. in Des Moines, with visitation two hours prior at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Butch was born November 26, 1949 to Ralph and Pauline (Husted) Thomas in Des Moines, Iowa. He began his career as a Special Coatings Engineer for Local Painters Union 246.
He was honored to be enlisted in the United States Army
and served as a SP4 in the Vietnam War
. Butch was a sports enthusiast. He loved to play golf, pool, dart, bowling and fishing. Butch was a lifelong Chicago sports fan.
Butch is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Diana; his step-daughter, Tara (Michael) Porche; his daughter: Stacey (Shawn) Enloe, and daughter: Shawna Weir; his mother, Pauline Husted; sister, Bev (Gary) Wright; his brothers: Ernie Thomas and Tom (Terry) Dawson; and grandsons: Matthew Porche and Jacob Enloe; long-time best friend Mark (Natalie) Johnson; cherished dog, Dolly; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family members and beloved friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Thomas Sr., his nephew TJ Wright; and granddaughter Emily Porche.
On-line condolences may be made at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com