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Irving George Thomas


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Irving George Thomas Obituary
March 24, 1930 - October 24, 2018Irving G. Thomas of Valparaiso formerly of Bass Lake and Chicago, passed away at home with his loving family close at hand. He was born in Indianapolis to Harvey & Mary (Parks) Thomas. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Reserve before his service in Germany with the U.S. Army's First Atomic Artillery battalion. His education after Thomas Carr Howe High School, where he played basketball and baseball, included a B.S. degree in Economic Statistics from Indiana University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago. On September 3, 1955 he married Patricia L. Gray who survives along with their children: Melanie Nadar (Donald), Jeffrey (Stephanie), Cathlene and Leslie, grandchildren: Devin, Caitlin, Bradley (Irene), Wesley, Alexandra (Marco), Ramon, Jessie, great-granddaughter, Mila and dear friend for 85 years, Robert Corya. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Cannaday. His career began with 20 years at World Book – Childcraft International as Administrative Statistical Manager and culminated as Director of the Office of International Publishing for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He was a lecturer in statistics at Roosevelt University and served on the Oak Park, IL "Committee for Tomorrow's Schools" and the "Citizens Action Committee" that was instrumental in leading Oak Park to being named "All American City" in 1976. In retirement, he delivered Meals on Wheels and served as treasurer of "Friends of the Starke County Public Library System" and helped to disperse a generous Lilly Foundation grant to the library. A memorial service will be held in March. Information is available at Moeller Funeral Home, 219-462-0535. No flowers please, donations may be made to V.F.W., , or a .
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 13, 2019
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