Reginald Dallas Thomas

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Reggie passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the age of 83 years. He was born March 9, 1929 in Granville, NY to Hugh J. Thomas and Winella P. Thomas and was raised in Poultney, VT. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Reggie married Bonnie Meyer on September 12, 1953 and celebrated 38 years of marriage prior to her death, August 21, 1991. They had 3 children who survive: Stuart (Nan) Thomas of Colorado Springs, Linda Thomas of Scottsdale, AZ, and Judi (Mike) Truesdell of Mesa, AZ. Reggie had 6 grandchildren: Lauri (Jimmy) Armstrong, Jeff (Heather) Thomas, Jenni Thomas of Colorado Springs; Jessie (Will) Cooper, Katy (Bryan Gendrich) Truesdell, Lindsay (TJ) Alainz of Arizona. There are 9 great-grandchildren: Presley Armstrong, Colby Thomas of Colorado Springs; Kyler, Bella, Charley, Jude, Julian Cooper; Chloe Alainz; and Wyatt Gendrich of Arizona. His surviving siblings are Helen Hoffnagle of Hudson Falls, NY, Joyce Rowland of Carmichael, CA, John (Mary) Thomas of Poultney, VT and Judy Durkee of Golden, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Hugh Thomas. Reggie attended Norwich University in Northfield, VT where he graduated as an officer in June 1952. He completed training at the Armored School in Fort Knox, KY and was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry at Camp Carson, CO. He was transferred to the 5022 Separation Center and acted as its company commander until he finished his military obligation on May 6, 1954 with an honorable discharge. After Reggie left the military he was a teacher in Falcon, CO and then worked as an insurance adjuster. He attended Westminster School of Law and the University of Denver School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1960. Reggie practiced law in Denver, CO until 1964 then moved to Colorado Springs where he worked as a part-time Deputy District Attorney. After leaving the District Attorney's Office he devoted most of his practice to insurance defense work, representing many insurance companies. Reggie was active in the Al Kaly Shrine, Jesters, Legion of Honor, Kalyvairs and Flivvers. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Colorado Consistory, a Colorado and El Paso County Bar Association member, a life member in the Royal Order of Jesters and a life member of BPOE 309. Reggie enjoyed skiing, fishing, hunting, golfing, playing cards and spending time at the cabin in Lake George, CO. He will be missed by his family and friends. Reggie requested no services. A celebration of his life will be held at an Open House at Stuart's home, March 9, 2013 from 2-5p.m., 2825 North Chelton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of givers choice.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 2, 2013
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