Stephen Douglas Thomas, 63, of Great Falls, passed away from an undisclosed cause, Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a local health care facility.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home. At Stephen's request, there will be no memorial services. He will be deeply missed.
Stephen was born Sept. 23, 1949, to Norm and Midge Thomas of Dayton, Ohio. In his youth, he excelled in sports. He was an excellent gymnast and diver. In 1969, he answered Uncle Sam's call by serving a year in Vietnam. He was stationed at Pleiku Air Base. Stephen continued his military career as a mechanic for 20 more years and retired Jan. 1, 1991. He was stationed in Oklahoma; Montana twice; England; and South Korea. While he was stationed in England, he met his wife, who was also in the military. One of his proudest achievements was his receiving the Commandants Award at the NCO Academy. After working several jobs he finally became employee with FedEx, retiring in 2004.
Stephen was a very skilled craftsman. He made numerous wooden items including his son's crib, bed, dining room furniture and other furniture. He made several items for his home. When others requested some of his work, he made retirement boxes and gun cabinets. The item he was proudest of was a solid oak fly-tying bench. He also made beautiful stained glass items, like terrariums.
He loved the outdoors. He and his buddies would go on fishing trips. He was an avid fly-fisherman. He took his family camping all over the state. He and his family went on numerous hikes, like Mt. Wright and Holland Lake Falls. Another thing he enjoyed was geocaching with his best buddy, Trixie.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Tina of Great Falls; son Brad; and sisters Janet (Pete) Mitri and Jeanne (Chuck) Geraci.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 11, 2012