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James Allen Thomas

January 26, 1946 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 76)


James A. Thomas, 76, tragically left  us while protecting his daughter, April 27, 2022, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  He was born January  26, 1946, In Marion,  Ohio, a son of

 Adelbert  and Helen (Lee) Thomas, who predeceased him.

Jim was a Mechanical Engineer for General Motors at their Defiance plant for 34 years, retiring in October, 2003, at the age of 57.  He enjoyed throughout his life golfing, running – participating in numerous 5K, 10K, half and full marathons, and triathalons; participating at the YMCA in numerous activities; camping; hiking and long trips with his buddies; following and helping with the family’s favorite sprint car racer, Donny; playing cards every weekend with family friends; bowling; scuba diving (especially with both of his daughters); caring for his pool and hot tub as well as helping friends with theirs while persuading them to do saltwater and his most favorite activity – walking his dogs and granddogs in the woods and at the beach.

Jim was a member of the Defiance VFW Post 3360, and was the Quartermaster up to his death.  He was a Vietnam veteran, serving with the U.S. Army.

His favorite pastime was traveling to Myrtle Beach to visit his family and being able to play catch with Jack, who was his absolute pride and joy, and looked so forward to watching him play all of his favorite sports!  Of course, the beach always called his name.

Surviving Jim are his wife of 53 years, Linda, his daughters Christine Thomas of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Dawn (Rich) Konopka of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one grandson, Jack Thomas Konopka; two brothers Joe (Julie) Thomas and Jerry (Marsha) Thomas, all of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; one sister, the late Barb (Keith) McKee of Forest, Ohio, numerous nieces, nephews and greats and his  best friends Aubrey and Marlin, along with his granddogs Buoy and Conner.

Jim, better known as Jimbo to his family and friends, was known as a loyal friend to many, and to his family he was an absolute hero!!

Memorial services will be held at a later time…

Donations are unnecessary, but the family encourages all to donate blood to your local chapter of the American Red Cross.

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