William Eugene Thomas (1953 - 2018)

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William Eugene (Bill) Thomas, a former and long-time Juneau, Alaska, resident, died suddenly at age 64 on February 28, 2018 at his home in Baker City, Oregon.

Bill was born on November 11, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio, to Carole Joanne (Daley) and Edwin Ira Thomas. Bill was named after Carole's step-father.

In 1964 Bill and his older sister, Patricia, arrived in Juneau to live with Carole and their devoted step-father, Earl K (Red) Robb. Bill graduated in 1971 from Juneau-Douglas High School.

In 1984 Bill married Sherry Davis, who was much loved by Carole, and Red. Bill, Sherry, Carole and Red spent many happy evening playing pinochle. Bill and Sherry traveled the world together visiting Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and many other destinations.

Bill worked for 30 years on the Alaska Marine Highway. He spent several years in the Engine Dept. before coming "on deck". There he worked as a Watchman, an Ordinary Seaman, and an Able-Bodied Seaman, before he became an Officer. Bill retired in 2002, completing his career as Chief Mate on the Taku.

Bill was an avid reader, especially of philosophy, history and classical literature. He enjoyed writing, playing his drums, cooking and making ice cream for the neighborhood. Bill and Sherry began playing pinochle in Alaska, and he resumed his passion for the game in Baker City. Friends and neighbors appreciated his kind and patient help with computer problems, and other technical challenges.

Bill shared his life with a series of cherished feline companions. Everyone who knew Bill was aware of his keen, and often, dry sense of humor.

Bill is predeceased by his mother, father, and step-father.

Bill is survived by his former wife, and best friend, Sherry Thomas; step-daughter Tanya Owen (Don); step-grandchildren Jake and Charlie Rae; sister Patricia Srebrnik (Henry); and a 20lb cat named Oakridge (Oaky).

Bill and Sherry always looked forward to celebrating the 4th of July in Juneau. For that reason family and close friends will gather in Juneau in early July of 2018.

Contributions to Bill's memory may be made to the Mollie Atwater and Friends Spay/Neuter Fund, PO Box 402, Baker City, Oregon 97814. For those who wish to contact Sherry, she can be reached at PO Box 358, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 16 to May 15, 2018