George Thomas

PEKIN - Dr. George Kenneth Thomas, 85, of Silvis, Ill., formerly of Pekin, Ill., died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus in Silvis, Ill.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Cemetery in Spring Valley, Ill. Memorials may be made to the or to a .

Dr. Thomas was born on March 13, 1928, in Spring Valley, Ill., the son of George and Rose (Scarpellini) Thomas. He graduated from Hall Township High School and served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant commander in the Dental Corps during the Korean War Era. George traveled extensively with the Navy and visited many countries. He enjoyed visiting Italy and Mexico and he spoke fluent Spanish.

In 1954, Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, was a member of PSI Omega Dental Fraternity, and was also a member of the Tazewell Dental Study Club. He also was a member of the American Dental Association.

For 35 years, he worked as a dentist in Pekin, Ill., retiring in 1996.

Dr. Thomas attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong White Sox fan, crossword puzzle fanatic and loved to play cards.

Survivors include a sister, Sandra (Martin) Offergeld of Moline, Ill.; nieces, Lori Offergeld of Chicago, Ill., and Leslie Offergeld of Edwardsville, Ill.; and nephews, Michael Offergeld of Chicago, Ill., and Martin T. Offergeld of Atlanta, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Lighthouse at Silvis for their kindness and care.

Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 29, 2013