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James (Van Rensselaer) Thomas


1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
James (Van Rensselaer) Thomas Obituary
James Van Rensselaer Thomas, age 79 years of North Port, FL, formerly of Hudson, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 30, 1938, in Port Clinton, OH, the son of James B. and Helen H. (Van Rensselaer) Thomas.
Jim married Joan C. Kresse on October 13, 1956, in Hudson. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2016.
Together they owned and operated a petroleum distributorship, convenience stores, fuel stations, long haul trucking and raising/racing quarter and paint horses.
Jim enjoyed reading, fishing, boating, debating and his horses.
Surviving Jim are his two children, Bryan Thomas of Hillsdale and Shirley (Ivan) Taylor of Kinross, five grandchildren, Lisa Rozelle, Scott Rozelle, Danielle (David) Herrett, Emilly Thomas and Bethany Thomas, five great-grandchildren, Andrew, James, Steven, Nicolas and Morgan, a brother, John (Diana) Thomas of Hillsdale and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan C. Thomas, parents and two nephews, Christopher and Anthony Thomas.
Graveside Services for Jim will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson, with Pastor Rom Pryde officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson.
Memorials are suggested to . Envelopes are available at the funeral home or online at www.stjude.org.
Condolences and messages of comfort can be left at: www.brownvanhemert.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 24, 2017
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