Larry J. Thomas
February 13, 1950 - October 22, 2011

 

Larry John Thomas, 61, of Hazleton died Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Larry was born on February 13, 1950 in Oelwein to parents Bernard and Indamora (Kruse) Thomas.  Larry attended Starmont Community School, graduating in 1968.  He then served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 until 1974.  Larry also graduated from The Colorado School of Gunsmithing.                          

On   Nov. 21  , 1981 Larry was united in marriage to Debbie Kisner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hazleton.  They later divorced.

Larry was a machinist at ABCO in Oelwein for many years and at Henderson Products in Manchester.  He was a member of the American Legion Dean Harkin Post 219 in Arlington and the Disabled American Veterans.  Larry enjoyed going fishing, golfing, and collecting stamps and coins.  He celebrated every Iowa Hawkeyes football and New York Yankees victory.

Left to celebrate Larry’s life are his daughters: Contessa Thomas of Canton, OH, Miranda (Josh) Crawford of   Canton, OH, and Andrea (Bob) Iseton of Oelwein; his brothers: Bernie (Mary) Thomas of Oelwein and Dan (Laura) Thomas of Oxnard, CA; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; as well as many friends.

In death, Larry has rejoined his parents and his brother Oren “Richard” Kruse.    

Funeral Services for Larry will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 26 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, October 25 at the funeral home as well.  Larry will be laid to rest in Taylorsville Cemetery at Arlington. 

 

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Bonnie Seedorff on October 28, 2011 at 5:03 AM said:

Larry, I remember you as a friend along with all of your family. You were a natural athlete as a young man in Arlington, Ia. Good at pick-up basketball games in the old Arlington School blacktop playground. Indefatigable.

Bless your peace.
Bless your lovely family.
Anonymous on October 27, 2011 at 7:41 AM said:

...thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.
Anonymous on October 27, 2011 at 5:01 AM said:

Rest in peace, Larry!
Brenda (Fliehler) Sullivan on October 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM said:

Larry will always be remembered as a "fun-loving" person. Many fond memories of when the Thomas boys first moved to Arlington. We shared many laughs! Prayers & thoughts are with the family.
Connie Hackett Miller on October 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM said:

Will always have fond memories of growing up with you. Your Aunt Esther was my family's Grandma,but we were always considered as cousins. And we always had alot of good times.My thoughts and prayers are with your family.May you rest in peace, Dear Larry.
Connie Hackett Miller on October 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM said:

Will always have fond memories of growing up with you. Your Aunt Esther was my family's Grandma,but we were always considered as cousins. And we always had alot of good times.My thoughts and prayers are with your family.May you rest in peace, Dear Larry.
Becky Soules Phillips on October 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM said:

To and old and very dear friend. May you rest in peace.
crystal bolyard on October 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM said:

Miranda,
So sorry about the loss of your dad. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. So thankful that you are able to be there.
Hugs,
crystal :)
Charlotte and Zeke Seedorff on October 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM said:

Larry,
You have left us too soon, Dear Friend.
So many happy and fun memories we have all made over the years. We shall miss your smile and your jokes (well OK.. maybe SOME of them).
Happy trails to you until we meet again.....
In Friendship,
Charlotte and Zeke and family
A W Goodknight on October 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM said:

God bless you Larry....you were a wonderful friend and neighbor......God knows you never met an animal that you did not love....Go in peace my friend....Al

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