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Obituary for Joseph Henry THOMAS
October 22, 1910 -- December 7, 1985


Newspaper clipping from: THE HUMPHREY DEMOCRAT, HUMPHREY, NE., DEC. 11, 1985

Joseph H. Thomas of Platte Center, NE passed away Saturday, December 7, 1985 at the Skilled Care Unit at Dodge County Memorial Hospital in Fremont, NE. Services were held at 10 A.M. Mass Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Platte Center, NE with Rev. Milton Thomas, a nephew, of Kalamazoo, Mich. officiating, assisted by Rev. Charles Zach of Elkorn, NE, Rev. Leo Kreikemeier, Platte Center, NE, Rev. John Starostka of Cedar Rapids, NE, Rev. John Downey of Columbus, NE, Rev. Joseph Miksch of Duncan, NE. Burial was in St. Joseph's Patrick Catholic Cemetery at Platte Center, NE. Casket bearers were Gary Loseke, John Wlaschin, John Wemhoff, George Anderson, Dean Goering, and Francis Hennessey. Visitation was from 1 to 5 P.M. Monday at McGown Funeral Home in Columbus, after 6:00 P.M. Monday and until service time Tuesday at the Church. Grandsons Jim and Jeff Thomas were Mass Servers.

Mr. Thomas was the son of the late Ferdinand and Agnes Schneck Thomas and was born Oct. 22, 1910 at Humphrey, NE. He attended St. Francis School in Humphrey and Holy Family in Lindsay, NE. He married Eleanor Ann Zach on November 7, 1939 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierce, Nebraska. Mr. Thomas resided most of his life in Platte County, for six years in Columbus and forty years in Platte Center. He was a farmer, a spray painter at Habco and Soil Movers for 28 years. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Ann of Columbus; three daughters, Mrs. Lewis (Jo Ann) Morgan, Fremont, NE, Leona Galley, Columbus, NE, Mrs. Erwin (Carolyn) Lichtenfeld Platte Center, NE, eight sons, Gerald, Fremont, NE, Alfred, York, NE, William, Utica, Michigan, Edward, Columbus, NE, David, Columbus, NE, Joseph Jr., Columbus, NE, Daniel, Columbus, NE and Richard, Columbus, NE; 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. William (Erna) Steiner, Columbus, NE, Mrs. Everett (Martha) Jones, Columbus, NE, Mrs. Fred (Rose) Hoffmann, Battle Creek, NE, Mrs. Paul (Hildegarde) Franks, Riverview, Mich. He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters: Herman, Rudolph, Adolph, Helmuth, Raymond, and Fred, Mrs. Rudolph (Margaret) Steiner, Mrs. Henry (Veronica) Kuhlen, and one brother and two sisters in infancy. Organist was Bert Feik. Cantors: Kevin Jarecki and Steve Greisen.