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Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas Obituary

September 8, 1934 - February 17, 2017

Richard Allen Thomas, 82, passed early Thursday at his residence at Summerfield Care home. He will be greatly missed.

Richard was born in Jennings, Missouri to Alexander and Ruth (Cullen) Thomas. He was the youngest and the last living of 6 children. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Carole Thomas, and children Richard Thomas (Annie) and Patrick Thomas (Stephanie) of Yuba City, Lori Thomas of San Jose, and Christine Thomas of Phoenix. He also has seven grandchildren, Chad (April), Nicole, Derek (Marissa), Jessica (Kyle) Jensen, Samantha, Natalie, and Sara, 2 great-grandchildren Ryder and Nolan, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was both a loving father and husband. He was an incredibly kind and caring person.

At age 10, he and his mother and sister Gaylee traveled by train from St. Louis to Richmond to join his father who was working there in the ship yards. At that time during World War II the four oldest of his siblings were deployed in both Europe and the Pacific in the military. After his oldest brother Jerry was killed during the Korean War, Richard joined the Marines and he himself was subsequently stationed in Korea.

After that, Richard attended San Francisco State University. After graduating and receiving his teaching credential, he went to work at Wheatland High School in 1962 for 6 years. He then moved to Yuba City High School in 1968, where he taught in the social science department until his retirement in 1993. His sense of humor, wit, playfulness, and knowledge made his classes interesting. He did a great imitation of a preying mantis! He was a devoted teacher and, at one time, president of the teachers' association.

He loved to spend time outdoors, camping and at the family cabin or helping in the yard. He was a self-proclaimed handyman, unfixing everything he could get his hands on. He also was involved in local politics, supporting our local Democratic party.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the family residence.

Per Richard's wishes, his body was donated to the UC Davis Medical School. We would also especially like to thank the girls at Summerfield for their devoted and true caring for Richard these last two years! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sutter hospice or the .

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2017
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