The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.

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Thomas, Alva
Alva Thomas - Bayfield Blade - October 2, 1914 - Pueblo - Alva Thomas, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Thomas of Lester, near Trinidad, is dead at the Minnequa hospital from pitchfork wounds received on his father's ranch at Lester. The boy was playing in a haystack when the dinner horn was blown. A farm hand tossed his pitchfork high in the air and it fell on the boy, two prongs entering his skull.

Thomas, Anna
Anna Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - December 1, 1947 - Funeral - Anna Thomas, a resident of Pueblo 31 years and sister of Mrs. Flora Garwood and Charles Thomas, local hospital Sunday. Arrangements later. Rouch Funeral Home.

Thomas, Arthur Cecil
Arthur Cecil Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - April 08, 1999 - Arthur Cecil Thomas, 89, of Westcliffe, Colo. Cremation has taken place.

Thomas, Arthur R.
Arthur R. Thomas - Huerfano World - June 17, 1993 - Former La Veta resident Arthur Roy Thomas of Columbia City, OR, died June 12, 1993 in Portland, OR. Born Apr. 3, 1938 in Durango, he was the son of the late Roy and Edna Thomas. Mr. Thomas moved from Colorado in November, 1989 to Columbia City. He worked as a house painter, operating West Hills Painting in Beaverton, OR. Survivors include his son Michael, San Lorenzo, CA; four daughters, Roberta Mitts, Longview WA, Kathy Berry, San Lorenzo, CA Kelly Thomas, Spokane, WA, and Nicole Thomas, Columbia City, OR; one brother, three sisters and seven grandchildren. Private family service was held.

Thomas, Beulah Merle
Beulah Merle Vasquez Thomas - Rocky Mountain News - October 02, 1994 - Beulah Merle Vasquez Thomas, 92, of Denver died Sept. 9 at the Brookshire Nursing Home. Graveside services were Sept. 14 in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Thomas was born Oct. 16, 1901, in Weston. She married Dana Thomas Aug. 1, 1921, in La Veta. She was a professional cake decorator for Bender's Bakery and Baur's Confectionary Store. Survivors include a daughter, Thelma Flickinger of Tucson; a son, Ladell of Denver; and six grandchildren

Thomas, Charles B.
Charles B. Thomas - Huerfano World - December 21, 1972 - Charles B. Thomas, the last surviving veteran of the Spanish American War in Huerfano County and one of the few left in the state, died at Huerfano Memorial Hospital December 15, 1972 at the age of 93. A retired coal miner, Thomas resided at 810 Tyler Street in Walsenburg until ill health forced him to enter Walsenburg Nursing Home a year ago. One of his hobbies was doing outstanding needlework. His wife, Alta Elizabeth Williams, whom he married September 10, 1913 in Great Bend, Kansas, died May 23, 1955. Born December 28, 1878 in Great Bend, Thomas served with the Army of Occupational Military Government in Cuba from 1898 to 1902, as a member of Company B, 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Thomas was decorated during the war. He was awarded his country's bronze medal, a silver one from Cuba, as well as others from Cuba and the Philippines. Arriving in Colorado in 1922 Thomas went to work in the coal mines. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Lena MacDonald, Muskogee, Oklahoma, and close friends, the Eddie Ortiz family of Walsenburg. Mass of the Resurrection was Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Graveside services were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2643. Furphy Lawson Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas, Charles F.
Charles F. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - November 11, 2003 - Charles F. Thomas, 83, passed away Nov. 8, 2003. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Thomas; parents, Ross and Josephine Thomas; sister, Vera Thomas; and brother, Joe Thomas. Survived by children, Charlene Fillmore, Jerry W. (Kathy) Thomas and Beverly (Richard) Giadone, all of Pueblo; grandchildren, Chad (Nikki) Thomas, Pueblo, Sean Dressel, Aurora, Colo., and Jessica Hammond, Portland, Ore.; great-grandchildren: Derick and Joe Thomas, Sean Dressel Jr., Sharae Dressel and Brenna Dressel. He is also survived by his niece, Terri (James) Wallace, Pueblo, and their children and grandchild, Heidi, Jimmy, Anna and Shonte; his sister, Virginia (Alvin “Tiny”) Allen of New Mexico; his brother, Fred (Donna) Thomas, Pueblo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives; his special friend, Alline Fortenberry; and his caregiver, Ricca Hoke. Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army 908th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II and was a member of the 83rd Infantry Division Association; American Legion Post No. 203; and was a 32nd Degree Mason with Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM and belonged to the Scottish Rite. He was a retired plumbing contractor and farmer. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with entombment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with graveside rites by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Kidney Foundation.

Thomas, Charles L.
Charles L. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - June 26, 2001 - Charles L. Thomas, born Jan. 7, 1925, went to be with the Lord June 24, 2001. Mr. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Enid; son, Brian (Melody) and sister, Florine (Joseph) Porter. Grandfather of Colin, Dillon and Colby. Charles retired from the phone company in 1983 after 36 years of service. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Park Hill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Park Hill Baptist Church Building Fund in Charles' memory.

Thomas, David
David Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - September 25, 1963 - David Thomas. Services 3:30 p.m. Friday, Davis Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Hines, pastor of the First United Brethren Church, officiating. At Mountain View Masonic rites will be conferred by Silver State Lodge 95, AF&AM.

Thomas, David P.
David P. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - December 13, 1998 - David P. Thomas passed away Dec. 2, 1998, in Pueblo. He was born April 11, 1948, in Leadville, Colo. Mr. Thomas was employed as a respiratory therapist at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. There will be no public viewing or services. Cremation in the Davis Crematory.

Thomas, DeVoe M.
DeVoe M. Thomas – The Sun – March 19, 2004 - Bremerton, WA - DeVoe M. Thomas, 89, of Bainbridge Island died Sunday at Messenger House on Bainbridge Island. She was born in Throckmorton, Texas, to Charles and Ida (Kuykendall) Fugitt. She graduated from Walsenburg High School in Walsenburg, Colo., and, in 1969, from Seattle Community College. On Dec. 9, 1945, she married Henry Thomas in Kirkland. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Thomas was an accomplished artist. She worked as a commercial artist and as an art therapist. Survivors include a son, Matthew Thomas of Seattle; three daughters, Karen Ironwing of Snohomish, Sheri Thomas of Bremerton and Ton? Bowers of Great Falls, Mont.; two brothers, Doug Fugitt of Woodinville and Lee Fugitt of Phoenix; a sister, Roxy Christensen of Bellingham; 11 grandchildren, Steve, Kelly, Denise, Chris, Ben, Jason, Pete, Clare, Harley, Emily and Rukie; and four great-grandchildren, Vivienne, Nathan, Storm and Ashley. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Hannah Thomas; five brothers; and four sisters. Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holly Ridge Center, 5512 NW Taylor Road, Bremerton, WA 98312. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home in Bremerton.

Thomas, Donna Jean
Donna Jean Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 20, 2005 - Donna Jean Thomas. Viewing, 1 to 6:30 p.m. today, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Thomas, Dorothy Helen
Dorothy Helen Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - December 09, 1999 - Dorothy Helen Thomas, 70, was called from labor to reward Dec. 7, 1999, at Parkview Hospital. She was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Walsenburg. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service and the Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA). Dorothy Helen was very active in the Pueblo community as an advocate for the less fortunate. She was a past president and secretary of the Pueblo Chapter of NAACP. She also volunteered her time with the following organizations: PACO, Hope Alive, the American Legion Auxiliary James Gray Unit 163 and Ladies of Distinction. She was a board member of SRDA. She also was nominated for Woman of the Year Award. Preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Margaret Mixon; grandparents, Howard and Bertha Willis; and son, Darren Thomas. Survived by her children, Regina (Bruce) Smith, Stafford, Va., Ronald (Betty) Masterson, Pueblo, Kandance Thomas, Tallahassee, Fla., and Sharon (Lloyd) Moore, Charlotte, N.C.; siblings, Hattie (Joseph) Morris, Margaret (Raymond) Howard, Glenda Stephens and Alfred (Mary) Mixon Jr.; four grandchildren, Teri Smith, Christopher and Michael Moore and Marcus Smith; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends; and her church family of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Visitation, noon until 6 p.m. Friday, Angelus Chapel. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Rev. F.L. Chandler officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at 1306 Claremont Ave. or 3 Chautard Court and Cole Fellowship Hall following the burial rites.

Thomas, Dusty Lorne
Dusty Lorne Stovall Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - May 02, 1999 - Dusty Lorne Stovall Thomas, 29. Preceded in death by her mother, Lovie Stovall; aunt, Lovita Sherrod; uncles, Burrell Penny, E. Jiggs Morgan; aunt, Georgianna Hall; grandfather, Ambrose Stovall; cousin, Vanessa Morgan. Survived by her husband, Gregory Thomas; children, Lovie, Lovesha, Gregory II and Graylon Thomas; father, Curtis Stovall; brother, Curtis (Kenna) Stovall II; grandparents, Lola Mae Penny and Calvin Jackson; uncles, Calvin "Coolie"(Angelic) Jackson Jr., Gerald W. Penny Jr., Merlon (Claudette) Edgerson, Vernon (Loretta) Stovall; aunts, Lorena (Fredrick) Clemmons, Patricia Brooks, Carolyn (Cordell) Walker, Yvonne Stovall, Cheryl (Leroy) Tilley; niece, Akiya Stovall; numerous cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Rev. F.L. Chandler officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 1523 Pine.

Thomas, Edna M.
Edna M. Thomas - Huerfano World - September 13, 1990 - Edna M. Thomas, 89, of La Veta, died Friday Sept. 7, in Huerfano County Medical Center where she had been a patient following a stroke. Born Aug. 5, 1901, in Aguilar to William T. and Rebecca (Gribble) Parks, she lived most of her life in the Huerfano County area except for brief times in Alamosa and Utah. She attended the Baptist Church and was a member of the B Loyals. She also was a Member of the La Veta Grange, the Territorial Daughters and Rebecca Lodge. She enjoyed fishing. Mrs. Thomas is survived by five children: Art Thomas, Columbia City, OR; June Clutter, Palmdale, CA; Charles D. Brumit, Las Banos, CA; Louise Tompkins, Grants Pass, OR; and Velma Callahan, La Veta; 20 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren one great-great-grandchild, a sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Roy in 1961, and a daughter, Leola E. Hogue in 1974. Funeral service was Tuesday from La Veta Baptist Church. Burial was in La Veta Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements. Huerfano World - September 13, 1990 - Out of Town relatives in La Veta Tuesday for the funeral service of Edna May Thomas were her daughter June and husband Jack Clutter of Palmdale, CA, a son Arthur Ray (Art) Thomas of Columbia City, OR, Elsie Canon of Trinidad and a niece Alma Lessar and husband Steve of Walsenburg.  B. Loyals and the Grange hosted a luncheon at Baptist Fellowship Hall after the morning service and burial.  Art, who flew from Oregon to Colorado Springs Monday night, was met at the plane by his sister Velma Callahan, her daughter Ivy Jo, and husband Bill.

Thomas, Esther
Esther (Colian) Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - April 23, 2005 - Esther (Colian) Thomas, 83, born Easter sunrise, April 16, 1922, in Pueblo, Colo., departed this life April 20, 2005. She was preceded in death by her dear husband of 60 years, Tony Thomas; parents, James Colian and Julia (Mauro) Colian; and sister, Ravelle Cain. She is survived by brother, James (JoAnn) Colian; daughters, Patti (Chuck) Dionisio, Peg (Leighton) Hovet of Pueblo, Toni (Randy) Reeves of Pueblo West; grandchildren, Julie (Ryan) Moran, Frank Dionisio (Lisa Lawlis) of Pueblo West, Brandon (Bobbi Jo) Hovet of Brighton, Colo., Nathan Hovet, C.T. Dionisio of Pueblo, Kyle Reeves and Miranda Reeves of Pueblo West; great-grandchildren, Anthony Dionisio, Ben Hovet, Jordan Moran, “baby girl Hovet,” “baby boy Moran.” Also survived by many special nieces, nephews, cousins; and lifetime friends, Gerry and “Cracky” Centa. She worked side-by-side with her husband, Tony, operating Thomas Produce Market in Vineland, Colo. She was very active and a great leader in her community. She was on the board of directors at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, served as president of DCCW in Pueblo, active member of PTA and Farm Bureau. She also taught piano and organ lessons and played the organ for many years at St. Theresa Church in Vineland. She also was known for community Vaudeville productions with friends including T.G. McCarthy. Esther was a devoted wife and mother and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. Visitation, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Vigil service, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005, St. Joseph Church in Blende. Funeral Mass in celebration of Esther's life, 10 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2005, St. Joseph Church in Blende. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at St. Joseph Hall, 1145 S. Aspen following interment on Monday. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Esther to El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch through the funeral home.

Thomas, Frank
Frank "Chick" Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - August 20, 2000 - Frank "Chick" Thomas, 91, retired steelworker, passed away Aug. 18, 2000, following a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by wife, Adeline, November 1946; and wife, Mary, February 1990. Mr. Thomas is survived by three children, Florence (Jay) Dammann, Emilio "Moe" Thomas, both of Pueblo, and Frances (Robert) Birx, Aurora, Colo. Also survived by two sisters and one brother, Mayme Carlo, Theresa Simonich and Tony (Esther) Thomas, all of Pueblo; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing Monday, Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Holy Family Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and food, the family requests donations be made to a charity of choice.

Thomas, George L.
George L. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 1971 - George L. Thomas of 1504 E. Routt, July 19, 1971. Husband of Mrs. Lovena Thomas. Father of James G. Thomas, Pueblo, and Mrs. Mary Ann Reilly, Sacramento, Calif. Survived also by six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Faith United Methodist Church and Retired Men's Club CF&I, USWA CIO Local 2102 and a retired employe of the CF&I Steel Corp. machine shop. Mr. Thomas was original chairman of the CF&I Steel Machinist Apprentice Program. Service announcements later. Friends will be received at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas, 46 Fordham Circle.

Thomas, J. C.
J. C. Thomas – Rifle Telegram – January 22, 1909 – J. C. Thomas, an old and well known employe of the C. F. & I. company at Glenwood Springs, died in the hospital at Pueblo last Tuesday, his affliction being cancer of the liver.

Thomas, J. F.
J. F. Thomas – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – October 4, 1877 – Died at the residence of George Sears, Greenhorn, Colorado, of inflammation of the bowels, J. F. Thomas, in the 29th year of his age.

Thomas, J. J.
J. J. Thomas - The Pueblo Chieftain - September 23, 2001 - Cemetery Ghosts Tell Stories of Pueblo's Past By James Amos - "A Walk Through History" at the Pueblo Pioneer Cemetery. - Saturday marked the fourth year of the living history event, sponsored by the Pueblo Parks and Recreation Department and the Pueblo Pioneer Cemetery Committee. Further down the cemetery trail, Tom Cummings portrayed one-time Pony Express rider J.J. Thomas. Thomas was born in 1837 and worked as a teamster in the Army in southern Kansas before he moved to Colorado to help built a stage stop. When the Oak Creek stage stop east of Denver was finished, Thomas and his friend were hired to be Pony Express riders and were the first in the area .But Thomas, too, caught gold fever and spent a cold and hungry time in the mountains before joining a Colorado unit going to the Civil War. Thomas thought he would be shipped east to fight, but instead stayed in the West and was part of the battle at Glorietta Pass in New Mexico. Area historian Eleanor Fry said, the battle sprang from a plan by the South to take over the Southern part of the Western states, including some of Colorado's gold fields. Thomas's Union Army unit "headed them off at the pass" Fry said. Thomas also was part of a unit sent to recover materials stolen by Indians in a raid near Santa Fe, Cummings said. The unit trailed the Indians nearly; to Amarillo, Texas, and there recovered 94 mules without a fight. Thomas' fortunes took a turn upward when he returned to Pueblo and, with, partners, built a toll bridge across the Arkansas River, ran a hotel and sold vegetables he grew where the current Midtown Shopping Center stands. With his economic success, the former horse-feed hauler hung around with one of the Thatcher banking brothers, became postmaster, county treasurer and even represented the area in Colorado's second state assembly. Thomas died in 1911 and had five children, although two died when they were young. See complete article listed under George Gilbert.

Thomas, James G.
James G. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - March 09, 2003 - James G. Thomas passed away March 7, 2003, in Pueblo. Jim was born in Alamosa on April 1, 1938, and had lived in Pueblo most of his life. He was a 1956 graduate of Central High School, a member of Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM, serving as worshipful master of the lodge in 1978 and a member of the fraternal order of Eagles No. 145. Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marjorie; daughters, Paula (John) McCoy, Barbara (Dan) Wodiuk, Cheryl (Bob) Rosenthal, Becky (Ron) Brandt; grandchildren, Jimmy, Jennifer, Janell, Jacob, Steven, Elizabeth, Katie, Justin, Bobby, Michael, Joey, Riley, Rustyn and Rachael; as well as a sister, Maryann (Vern) Reilly of California. Mr. Thomas will lie in state at the mortuary from 1 until 6 p.m. on Monday. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Cemetery with memorial rites by Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, directly or through the mortuary.

Thomas, Jerry R.
Jerry R. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 09, 2003 - Jerry R. Thomas was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003. Born to Gerald and Grace Thomas Oct. 13, 1937, Jerry leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Jane, daughter Wendy, sons Dain, Trent (Janette), Lance (Doris), and Shane (Carla); granddaughter Tanya; grandsons Jesse, Trent (T.J.), Dillon, Garrick and Matthew; Great Aunt Hazelle Mesplay; aunts Jean Brewster, Sally Lawrence, Stephanie (Gale) Murphy; uncles Tim (Esther) Graham, Dick (Rayetta) Graham; brothers-in-law Sam (Sharon) Crowder and Tony Crowder; sister-in-law Peggy (Chuck) Herman, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and life long friends. Jerry attended Central High School, Adams State College and Colorado Law Enforcement Academy at Golden. His career in law enforcement began as a Dispatcher with the Colo. State Patrol. He later became Chief of Police at Center, Colo., Assistant Chief at Canon City, Colo. Detective at Pueblo County Sheriff Dept., and retired as Chief, Fowler Police Dept., Fowler, Colo. Memorial services will be held at Pueblo West Baptist Church, 180 Croyden, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. Jerry's pastor, Rev. John Tanner, will conduct his services. The family respectfully request omission of food and flowers. Donations may be made to the Pueblo West Baptist Church Building Fund in Jerry's memory.

Thomas, Jesse W.
Jesse W. Thomas - Wray - Rattler June 17, 1904 - Jesse W. Thomas, a lamp trimmer for the Pueblo and Suburban Traction and Lighting Company at Pueblo was instantly killed on the 9th inst. by coming in contact with a live wire. He was twenty-eight years of age and leaves a wife and child.

Thomas, Joe
Joe Thomas – Albuquerque Journal - October 04, 2001 - Joe Thomas, father, grandfather, and friend, 79, born March 19, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado, died Sunday, September 30, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Thomas, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959 passed away at Presbyterian Hospital from complications with cancer. Preceded in death by his wife, Lamona Marie Thomas "Brownie" in 1983, he is survived by his daughter, Pam and husband, Randy Allen; son, Stan Thomas; grandchildren, Kim Massey-Dimsha, Sean Aguilar-Thomas, Andrew and Matthew Rhyand, Mackenzie Allen; and great-grandson, Max Dimsha, all of Albuquerque. Also surviving are siblings, Fred Thomas with wife, Donna; Charles Thomas, and Virginia Allen; as well as close friends, Georgia LaBar; Marvin and Louisa Friedichsen with their daughter, Felicia. Joe Thomas was a member of the Local Teamster's Union #492 and also of the National Street Rod Association. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Friday, October 5, 4:00 p.m. at Aspen Funeral Services, 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd., N.E.

Thomas, John
John Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 05, 2005 - John Thomas, 79. Cremation. No formal services.

Thomas, John
John Thomas – Fort Collins Weekly Courier – June 21, 1912 – Thirteen Men Killed in Mine Explosion Today at Hastings, Colo. – Note: John Thomas is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, June 18, 1912. John Thomas: Welsh, age 40, married with three surviving children. He was a “fire boss” for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion of gas due a defective lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Thomas, John A. Jr.
John A. Thomas Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - September 24, 2000 - In loving memory of John A. Thomas Jr., 76, who went to be with the Lord on Sept. 23, 2000. Born Sept. 4, 1924, in Pottsville, Pa., to John A. and Marion Thomas who preceded him in death. Survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary V. Thomas; daughters, Peggy A. Thomas and Barbara A. Grier, both of Colorado Springs; grandsons, Ishhod Collins and Jarid Grier; granddaughters, Jasmine, Jade, Jewelle and Jacqueline Grier; two brothers; six sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. John served 30 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a CWO-4 in the Army Air Defense Command. After retiring from the military he started his second career as Director of Medical Records for the Colorado State Mental Hospital, retiring in 1988. He loved his fishing, camping, bowling and gardening. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fort Lyons for their compassion and love which will not be forgotten in his final years. Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Christ the King Church. Inurnment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Church or Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 789 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203 in his memory.

Thomas, Jones E.
Rev. Jones E. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 24, 1997 - Rice Mortuary & Crematory Brighton, Colo. Rev. Jones E. Thomas, 84, of Brighton, died July 22, 1997, at Elm's Haven Care Center in Westminster. He was born May 11, 1913, in Boyce, La., to Arthur Thomas and Frances Duck Thomas. On Sept. 16, 1940, he married Mary E. Ranus, in Albuquerque, N.M. Rev. Jones was a retired ordained minister with the Assembly of God Church. He studied at the Berean School of the Bible and was a minister for 50 years. He was a minister of the Assembly of God Church in Fowler, Salida, Calhan, Pueblo, Woodland Park and Ordway, Colo. Rev. Jones moved to Brighton in 1995 to be closer to his family. Preceded in death by brother, Phillip, and sister, Authere. Survived by wife, Mary Elizabeth Thomas- son, James (Nancy) Thomas, both of Brighton- and grandchildren, Liesl and Lee. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, 1997, Rice Mortuary. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Brighton. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony North Hospital, 2551 W. 84th Ave., Westminster, Colo. 80030.

Thomas, Larry D.
Larry D. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - March 23, 2003 - Larry D. Thomas, 55, passed away March 20, 2003. Born Feb. 25, 1948 to Kenneth and Pauline Thomas who preceded him along with sister-in-law, Susan Donley Anderson. Larry came to Pueblo on a motorcycle at the age of 16. Survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Jolene A. Thomas; children, Allen Segotta, and Ty Thomas; granddaughters, Tiffany and Kimberly Segotta; brother, Gary Thomas; sisters, Judy (Ken) Snowden, Joan (Dennis) Bushy; mother-in-law, Linda Donley; very special friends, George and Charlie Woods, Greg and Cheryl Singleton, the Thompsons of Beulah, Beau and Vicky Roderick, Paulette Woods and Georgette Book, the Bezona family, and numerous friends and family. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Park Hill Baptist Church. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Pueblo Animal League, or Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home office in his memory.

Thomas, Larry G.
Larry G. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 2002 - Larry G. Thomas, Ph.D., 62, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 29, 2002. Survived by his wife, Davie Sue Thomas of the family home in Pueblo West; children, Larry Gene Thomas of Willow, Okla., and Teri (Larry) Ingram of Newton, Kan.; parents, Archie and June Thomas of Willow, Okla.; grandchild, Hannah Jo Barlow of Castle Rock, Colo.; brother, Dwight (Judy) Thomas of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Diana (Bill) Spurlock of Elk City, Okla., and Mattie Gail (Gale) Thompson of Erick, Okla.; brother-in-law, Gardner (June) Arteberry of Leawood, Kan.; nephew, Creighten Thomas of Tulsa, Okla.; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. Larry was born Nov. 21, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Thomas earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural education-animal science from Colorado State University. He taught three years in Holly, Colo., before coming to Pueblo where he was a professor for 35 years at what is now USC. In addition, as an athletic director, he initiated efforts to update athletic facilities and generate spirit and community support through formation of the USC Athletic Booster Club and USC Rally Squad. Thomas also served as coach of the student rodeo club, which consistently placed in the nation's top 10 programs and placed second in the nation three times. Member of First Presbyterian Church. He will lie in state in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel today and Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at the USC Occhiato Ballroom with the Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in Elk City, Okla. Those who desire may make memorials to the Larry G. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund at USC, benefiting pre-vet students, c/o the funeral home or the USC Foundation office.

Thomas, LaVona L.
LaVona L. Thomas – Pueblo Chieftain - August 9, 2009 - LaVona L. Thomas. Praise the Lord!!! On Aug. 7, 2009, after a valiant and courageous battle LaVona went to heaven to join her family and friends who were waiting for her. A lifelong Puebloan, born May 17, 1916, she was preceded in death by parents, Holger and Iva Henderson; brothers, Donald Gene, Bruce D., and his wife, Harriett; sisters, Donna L. Jackson and Maragene L. Shore. LaVona is survived by her husband of 73 years, John W.; son, William M. "Bill" and his wife, Judy; daughter, Sandra Kaye and Bert Cooper; granddaughter, Julie C. and Dan Chamberlain; grandson, Jeffrey W. and RoseAnna; great-grandsons, Joshua and Jason Chamberlain, Zachary and Trevor Thomas; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Jackson and Lloyd Shore and many nieces, nephews and friends. LaVona was our "Dr. Pepper and popsicle gal" and her fried chicken and potato salad were the best. Mom loved taking care of her home and yard filled with many beautiful flowers and rose bushes. Family get-togethers were something she always looked forward to, traveling to see her sister and family, going to Beulah for picnics. Mom was so proud of her family's many accomplishments in their respective lives. She was a 67 year member of First Baptist Church where she was a Deaconess Emeritus, a 66 year member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha-Alpha Delta chapter in which she spent many hours with her sorority friends testing the hearing of school children in Pueblo schools. Other community involvements were a USO volunteer during WWII, American Cancer Society, Election Judge, Demolay Mother's Circle, and PTA. Many thanks go to ALL of the care-givers from Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Life Care Center, especially Felicia. Viewing from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday. Funeral service, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Reverend Brad Henderson officiating. Interment, 11 a.m. Thursday at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and food, donations in her memory may be made to "Operation Christmas Child" in care of Central Christian Church or Sangre de Cristo Hospice, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003.

Thomas, Levi (Mrs.)
Mrs. Levi Thomas – Durango Democrat – September 9, 1900 – Fatal Shooting – A Pueblo Negro Goes Gunning for His Neighbors – Pueblo, Colo. – Officers with bloodhounds are out tonight on chase of Levi Thomas, a Negro, who this afternoon killed a colored man and woman. Armed with a rifle and a revolver, he first accosted James Snowden, who was sitting in front of a neighbor's house, and after a brief quarrel over a small debt he fired half a dozen shots, one of which passed through Snowden's head. Going to his own house Thomas met his wife coming out, who was frightened at his appearance and ran. He chased her through the house shooting as he ran until the woman fell with a bullet in the back of her head. Thomas also, sent a bullet after a neighbor named Wisenant, which passed through Wisenant's clothing but the latter finally escaped. Thomas fled to the suburbs with his weapons and forded the Arkansas River. The officers have not been able to catch him. The cause of the double tragedy is supposed to have been jealousy. Note: She is buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado.

Thomas, Lovena A.
Mrs. Lovena A. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - February 18, 1985 - Mrs. Lovena A. Thomas of 1610 Scranton, Feb. 17, 1985. Wife of George L. Thomas, who passed away July 19, 1971. Mother of James G. (Marjorie) Thomas, Pueblo, and Mrs. Mary Ann (Vern) Rielly, Sacramento, Calif. Sister of Mrs. Velma Vickerman, Westcliffe, and Gillard A. Hocking, Pueblo. Survived also by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Thomas was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mountain View Cemetery will be conducted by the Rev. William Woelfle, pastor, Faith United Methodist Church. The family respectfully request omission of flowers. The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. James G. Thomas, 46 Fordham Circle.

Thomas, Lucille
Lucille Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 21, 2004 - Lucille Thomas, 81, longtime La Junta resident, passed away July 20, 2004, in La Junta. She is survived by daughters, Marsha (Jim) Ross of Gurnee, Ill., and Cathy (Don) Toft of Colorado Springs; son, Mike Thomas of Pueblo; grandchildren, Jeff (Anne) Ross, Kim (Terry) Marciniak, Matt Thomas, Mark Thomas and Mary Katherine “Katie” Thomas; great-granddaughter, Lucy Marciniak; sisters, Doris (Floyd) Martin, Audrey (Mel) Ferguson, Dorothy Tunnel and Shirley McGuire; and a brother, Don Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the Arkansas Valley Hospice Association. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2004, at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Parish in La Junta with Father Charles Sena officiating. Interment will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in La Junta.

Thomas, Lucy C.
Lucy C. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - February 04, 2000 - Lucy C. Thomas, 92, passed away Feb. 2, 2000. Preceded in death by husband of 55 years, Felix E. Thomas, in 1985. She was the last surviving member of her family of eight. Survived by her children, Raymond (Prakong) Thomas, Las Vegas, Nev., and Carol (Robert) Centa of Avondale. Also survived by grandchildren, Yvonne (Bill) Lindsey, Roberta (Richard) Niederstadt, Stephanie Centa, Travis (Melanie) Thomas, Tammy (Harvey) Wilson and Sopak (Mike) Grillo; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mayme Carlo and Theresa Simonich; brothers-in-law, Frank Thomas and Tony (Esther) Thomas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all of Pueblo. She was a member of Ladies Fidelity Lodge #56 of the Columbian Federation, St. Theresa Society and Blue Spruce Club. Lucy was a retired teacher who taught in the Pleasant View area. She also worked at the Pueblo Welfare Agency as a social worker and Pueblo Army Depot as a computer analyst. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all. Visitation, Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a luncheon reception for everyone after the committal, at the church hall. Funeral Mass, Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Church in Blende. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Thomas, Margie
Margie Thomas – Pueblo Chieftain – October 11, 2006 - Margie Thomas, age 81, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. She is survived by her four children, Beverly Ann Black and her husband Edwin, Kenneth Leon Thomas and his wife Brenda, Janice Louise Bigler and her husband Chuck of Pueblo, and Mary Denise Hammel and her husband Norman. Services will be held in Pueblo Colo., at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at the Heritage Baptist Church with Pastor Chuck Bigler officiating. Interment will follow at the Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Thomas, Marion
Marion Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 4, 1987 - Marion Thomas, Jan. 1, 1987. Mother of Mary Ann (Manuel) Gonzales, Linda (Ron) Bergemann, and Carole Knicklebine, all of Pueblo. Grandmother of Douglas, Darrell, and Danny Gonzales; Rhonda, Pat, and Andy Bergemann; and Kristen Potter. Sister of eight. Also survived by an aunt, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was raised in the Salida area and moved to Pueblo as a young adult, where she worked as a secretary for various Pueblo businesses. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Earl Hamilton.

Thomas, Mark Alan
Mark Alan Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 2005 - Mark Alan Thomas, age 44, died unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Michelle (Rusovick) Thomas; and five-year-old daughter, Paige. He is also survived by his mother, Connie (Yack) Thomas; and brother, Aaron Thomas, both of Denver; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A cremation memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 2827 Lakeview, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at 10 a.m. Deacon Steve Lumbert will officiate. Cash donations for Paige will be accepted at the church service or at the brief reception, which will follow in the church hall. Mark was a Pueblo Chieftain paper carrier at the time of his death.

Thomas, Mary L.
Mary L. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - November 18, 2003 - Mary L. Thomas. Our beloved daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, Mary L. Thomas, lost her courageous and valiant battle with lung cancer on Nov. 17, 2003. Her father, Johnnie W. Nidey; her husband of 40 years, Jim Thomas; her son, Jerry Michael Thomas; and her granddaughter, Kayleigh Jo Swerdfeger; all completed their journey ahead of her and are eagerly waiting with open arms and loving hearts to be reunited with her again. Mary will watch over and guide the many loved ones whom she has left to cherish her memory. Her mother, Mary L. Nidey; her children, Kris Ticnor-Sullivan, Kassie (Randy) Swerdfeger, Jim (Mary) Thomas, Jeff (Julie) Thomas and Kari (Jason) Heflin; her grandchildren, Cory, Kortney, Kara, Sarah, Matthew, Steven, Danielle, Samantha, Shelbie, Brandon, Logan and long-awaited Alexander; her brothers, John Nidey, Mike (Shirley) Nidey, Rick (Cindy) Nidey; as well as many well-loved and special friends. Mary lived her life with spunk and determination to do what she set her mind to do. Mary was very gifted and talented with her hands and has left many beautiful creations with those she loved. She was an especially talented seamstress and enjoyed making her granddaughters look like princesses with the wonderful dresses she created for them. She shared this talent and was always eager to teach those who wanted to learn this craft. Mary loved to garden, and her family and friends looked forward to receiving the rewards of her hard work as she would share her delicious tomatoes and was always eager to share cuttings of the most beautiful flowers from her garden. During the summer season, it was rare to leave her home without being handed a rose to take along. She enjoyed playing with and teasing her grandchildren; she gave each and every one a special pet name. She enjoyed the time she spent visiting with her friends talking about her next project or her most recent yard sale treasure. Mary also loved her pets, and was never without some cuddly creature in her life. Mary will be sadly missed but delightfully remembered. We invite you to help us celebrate her life and our love for her at a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Imperial Funeral Home in the chapel. The family will happily greet guests at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Julie Thomas, at 650 N. Mancos Dr., Pueblo West, Colo., directly following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers and food, the family respectfully requests all donations to be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care.

Thomas, Maude E.
Maude E. Thomas – Pueblo Indicator – December 13, 1913 – Mrs. Maude E. Thomas, former wife of Selby Thomas, who until recently conducted a barber shop on Northern avenue, died suddenly December 4 at 1011 Spruce street. Her remains were sent to Wellsville, Mo., for burial.

Thomas, Maurice Stanley
Col. Maurice Stanley Thomas USAF (retired) - Pueblo Chieftain - January 03, 2000 - Col. Maurice Stanley Thomas USAF (retired) died in Pueblo on Dec. 30, 1999, at the age of 80. Mr. Thomas was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Canon City, Colo., to Daniel L. and Mary (Cooper) Thomas. He retired from the USAF as a colonel. From 1946 to 1971, he, along with his father and brother, ran the Thomas Boys Masonry Construction Business. From 1971 to 1982, Mr. Thomas was the maintenance supervisor for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. In 1982, he married Louise Thomas in Drake, Colo. Survived by his children, Edward S. (Jenny) Thomas of Pueblo, Dee (Steven) Lizzol of Oneida, Kan., and Dory (Fred) Olsen of Herrington, Kan; sisters, Virginia Thomas of Canon City and Estella Therien of Arizona; and brother, Ed (Claire) Thomas of Colorado Springs, Colo. Preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Thomas, in 1981, and his parents. Visitation, 3 to 8 p.m. today at Holt Family Funeral Home. Funeral service, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at the United Presbyterian Church in Canon City, Rev. Maurice Campbell officiating. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association or the Presbyterian Church or the Fred E. Weisbrod B-24 Museum in Pueblo through the funeral home.

Thomas, Mr.
Mr. Thomas – Colorado Weekly Chieftain – March 12, 1874 – Mr. J. J. Thomas, received a few days ago, the sad intelligence of the sudden death of his father in Missouri, whom he had not seen in twenty years.

Thomas, Norma June
Norma June Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - September 04, 2001 - Norma June Thomas, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all, departed this life peacefully on Sept. 2, 2001. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John D. Thomas; and parents, Clark and Fleeta Walker. Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linn and Gary Swope; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Donna Thomas of Divide, Colo.; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Treva and Ed Schessl of Tampa, Fla.; grandson, Strider Swope; cousin, Sonny Lewis of Canon City; and her special "girls" dogs, China, Bristol, Mariah and Kitty Fiddler. Graveside service, 11 a.m. Thursday, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Thomas, Otto
Otto Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - June 19, 1960 - Otto Thomas, formerly of 310 W. 13th St., June 18. Uncle of several. Member of the First Baptist Church and past treasurer and on the board of trustees. Bookkeeper at Pueblo Savings and Trust Co. retiring 24 years ago. A resident of Pueblo since 1897. Widower of Mrs. Flora Thomas, who died in 1922, and Mrs. Margaret Belle Littlehale Thomas in 1951. Arrangements later. Davis Memorial Chapel

Thomas, Ralph Arthur
Ralph Arthur Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 28, 2004 - Ralph Arthur Thomas, 91, of Castle Rock, Colo. Memorial Services 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock. Memorials to United Methodist Men. Please see Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home, Castle Rock, 303-688-3191.

Thomas, Richard Allen Jr.
Richard Allen Thomas Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - January 06, 1999 - Richard Allen Thomas Jr., died unexpectedly and tragically Jan. 1, 1999. Rick was born Sept. 18, 1954, in Pueblo. He is survived by his parents, Rose Marie (Nick) Nekola and Richard Thomas- by his beloved wife, Alicia Walters- and by his little grandson, Michael Rosendale. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Louisa Walters. Rick's daughter, Shawna Marie Thomas, died with him. Also survived by his sister, Wendy (Gary) Raso- brother, Randall (Laura) Thomas- grandmothers, Helen Ianne and Allene Borton- numerous nieces and nephews (who knew him affectionately, and always with anticipation of great fun, as Uncle Ricky Brett and Bradley Mohar, Luke Raso, Don and Stephanie Walters- and children, Lauren, Allysen, Sara and Frankie, Valerie and Paul Guerette- and by the many and loving members of the Ianne, Thomas and Walters families, including his cousins, Tony Ianne and Tracy Ianne-Notaft. Also survived by uncle and aunt, Russell and Arlene Ianne- uncle, David Thomas- cousin, Mary Carrara and families. Rick was a recent graduate, with honors in computer science, of Denver Technical College. He formerly owned and operated LanMaster Corp., a computer supply and service company and, at the time of his death, was employed by Gateway Corp., as a computer hardware engineer. Rick tried and succeeded at always being on-call" for his family and friends and especially the children for help with their computers, their electronics and the day-to-day questions involved in growing up. A memorial Mass for Rick and Shawna will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Shrine of St. Therese. A reception for friends and family will be held immediately following the service at Ianne's Whiskey Ridge Restaurant. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael Rosendale Educational Trust co Raso & Sutterlin, P.C., 200 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, Colo., 81004.

Thomas, Robert E.
Robert E. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - September 17, 1998 - Robert E. Thomas, 57, passed away Sept. 15, 1998. Survived by his wife, Marian D. Mead, of the family home- children, Suzanne Mead of Pueblo, Marty (Vanessa) Mead of Denver, Michael (Julie) Mead of Topeka, Kan., and Pat Mead of Denver- brother, Don (Alice) Thomas of Hurricane, Utah- granddaughters, Jennifer Mead and Krista Mead- and his puppy, "acotah." Preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Helen (nee Woods) Thomas. Robert was born on Oct. 9, 1940, in Denver, Colo. He received his degree in mass communications from Southern Colorado State College (now known as University of Southern Colorado) and was a reporter editor for the Pueblo Chieftain for 29 years. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, camping, woodworking and playing with his beloved pet lab. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at Mountain View Cemetery with Marvin Read officiating. Please enter the cemetery through the Beulah Avenue gate. Those who desire may make memorials to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice or the Animal Welfare through the funeral home.

Thomas, Robert L.
Robert L. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - December 03, 2001 - Robert L. Thomas. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Thomas, Robert La Von Jr.
Robert La Von Thomas Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - February 10, 2000 - Robert La Von Thomas Jr., 82, affectionately known as "Padad," passed away Feb. 7, 2000. Robert was born Dec. 23, 1917, in Jackson, Tenn., to the union of Robert and Ida Thomas. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Hazel Thomas; son, Ronald Thomas; brothers, Emerson, John and Cecil Thomas; sisters, Irene Frison, Odessa Connely and Grenada Johnson. Survived by sister, Vesta Mae Spears, Alton, Ill.; children, Odis (Marva) Bledsoe, Atlanta, Bernice (Herbert) Lofton, Colorado Springs, Roberta Reynolds, Indianapolis, Mardella Kay Le Flore, Aurora, Robert W. Thomas, Aurora, Carolyn (Leroy) Brown, Pueblo, and Deborah (Eugene) Armstrong, Colorado Springs; 30 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A Pueblo resident for 47 years, he retired from the CF&I in 1978. Robert enjoyed talking and being with friends and family. Viewing, 4-7 p.m. today, and service, 10 a.m. Friday, both at Angelus Chapel. Family will receive friends at the home.

Thomas, Sara J.
Sara J. “Sallie” Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 23, 2004 - Sara J. “Sallie” Thomas passed away July 22, 2004, in Pueblo. Sallie was the last of eight children of William and Nettie Martin, a pioneer family from Rocky Ford. She was born Feb. 2, 1905, in Rocky Ford. Sallie was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl F. Thomas, in 1949. Sara is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends at the Vail Center, including Maggi Cash. At her request, cremation in the Davis Crematory. Mrs. Thomas will be laid to rest in the family plot in the Rocky Ford Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas, Shawna Marie
Shawna Marie Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 06, 1999 - Shawna Marie Thomas was born July 25, 1976, in Raton, N.M. She died tragically on Jan. 1, 1999, along with her father, Rick Thomas. She is survived by her three-year-old son, Michael Rosendale- mother, Pat Thomas- and 8-year-old sister, Rhiannon Heimerl- and stepmother, Alicia Walters. Survived by maternal grandparents, Daniel and Olga Masero- paternal grandparents, Rose and Nick Nekola, Richard Thomas Sr.- and great-grandmothers, Helen Ianne and Allene Borton. Also survived by many aunts and uncles, including Wendy (Gary) Raso, Sisto and Phyllis Mazza and their family, Lana Tony Jo, Lynell, Sisto, Clint and Chad, Louis and Louise DiPaolo and Mike and Louis DiPaolo, John Ducky" and Irene Montera and their family, Cathy, Judy, Jimmy, Diane and Steve, Stan and Valorie (Masero) Salzman and son, Cody Tapia, Daniel and Carolyn Masero, Frank and Jackie Mazza and their family, Barbara, Shaun, Steve, Wayne and Kurt, and by the father of her son, Mike Rosendale, and his father, Loren Rosendale and mother, Patti Rosendale, sister, Stacy Rosendale and children and special friends. Shawna is also survived by the numerous and loving members of the Thomas, Ianne and Walters families. At the time of her death, Shawna was employed as a medical records technician at the Pueblo Community Health Center. Shawna was a devoted and loving mother to her son Mikey. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Shrine of St. Therese. Immediately following the service, family and friends will be received at Ianne's Whiskey Ridge Restaurant in Pueblo.

Thomas, Tom
Tom Thomas – Telluride Daily Journal – May 17, 1913 – Buried in Pueblo – Letters received here from a brother of Tom Thomas, who died in the state insane asylum last week state that Mr. Thomas was laid to rest in a Pueblo cemetery on Sunday last under the auspices of Pueblo Lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M. Mr. Thomas had been bed ridden for the past three years and his mind affected for the past four or five years. He was 71 years old when he died and leaves two brothers and a sister, all residing in Pennsylvania, to mourn his loss.

Thomas, Tony E.
Tony E. “Legs” Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - August 01, 2004 - Tony E. “Legs” Thomas, 86, departed this life on July 29, 2004. He was born March 4, 1918, to Emilio and Emilia Thomas in Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers, Felix “Flax,” Frank “Chick” and George “Pumpkin” Thomas; and sisters, Florence Thomas and Rose Lanza. He is survived by two of his sisters, Mayme Carlo and Theresa Simonich. He leaves to cherish his memory, Esther, his wife of 60 years; daughters, Patti (Chuck) Dionisio, Peg (Leighton) Hovet, both of Pueblo, and Toni (Randy) Reeves of Pueblo West; grandchildren, Julie (Ryan) Moran, Frank Dionisio (Lisa Lawlis), C.T. Dionisio, Nathan Hovet, Kyle Reeves, Miranda Reeves, all of Pueblo, and Brandon (Bobbi Jo) Hovet of Brighton, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Anthony Dionisio, Ben Hovet and Jordan Moran. He also leaves many special nephews, nieces and cousins. Tony was a veteran of World War II. He served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 with the 477th Quartermaster Regiment. After leaving the military, Tony rediscovered his love of farming. He was a longtime farmer in the Vineland area, and co-owned and managed Thomas Produce and Farms side-by-side with his wife. He was a devoted family man and was happiest when his family was all around him. Tony was a member of St. Theresa Church in Vineland, Colo., Farm Bureau and American Legion Post No. 203. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all of Tony's caregivers. Your compassionate care will long be remembered and appreciated. A viewing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, followed by a recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, 1145 S. Aspen. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, also at St. Joseph Church with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Fuente de Vida, a division of Sangre de Cristo Hospice or El Pueblo Boys' and Girls' Ranch through the funeral home.

Thomas, Vera
Vera Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - July 13, 2005 - Vera Thomas, 92, born June 15, 1913, in Haskell, Okla., passed away July 9, 2005, at University Park Care Center. Mrs. Thomas was retired from the Colorado State Hospital. She was a member of Star of Pueblo, No. 5 OES (PHA), where she served in all offices including worthy matron. She also was a member of the Golden Circle and the Doves. She was a member of Eighth Street Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where she served as Sunday school superintendent, church secretary, president of the missionary society, the usher board, and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed gardening and preparing her favorite dishes for her friends and church functions. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents, Phil and Nancy (Walton) Gant; sister, Lorene Gant; and husband, Chester Thomas. She leaves to cherish her memory friends, Rose Nell Jorman, Jean Andrews, Patsy Ewing, Vernice Bradshaw, Muriel Cargile; godchild, Linda Wilson; and her church family. Visitation, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral service, 11a.m. Thursday, Eighth Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Mack officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial gardens.

Thomas, W. Jack
W. Jack Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - September 25, 1986 - W. Jack Thomas of 1932 Claremont, Sept. 24, 1986. Husband of Jacqueline Thomas and father of Jill (Colonel John) Marshall. U.S. Air Force, Okinawa, Japan. Survived also by a sister. Billie (F. G.) Monck, Colorado Springs; two grandchildren, Geffrey and John Marshall; a niece and a nephew. A Pueblo resident for the past 50 years, Mr. Thomas was an active member of the Pueblo Tennis Club, having served as past president. He also served on the Board of the Minnequa Mutual Benefit Association. He was a veteran of service with the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II and retired from the CF&I cost accounting department in 1977. He was employed by the CF&I for 40 years. Graveside service, 10 a.m. Friday, Roselawn Cemetery, will be conducted by Chaplain Wayne R. Ward. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorials may be made in Mr. Thomas' name to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice program in care of the funeral home office.

Thomas, W. T.
W. T. Thomas - Wray Rattler - August 07, 1908 - Terrible Steel Works Accident - Pueblo – A terrible accident occurred at the steel works Tuesday night, when engine No. 1006 plunged off the high line trestle, dropping sixty feet and drawing with it the tender can a car loaded with cinders, burying beneath the mass of debris Engineer W. T. Thomas and Fireman J. Roach, whose bodies were crushed beyond recognition. The accident was one of the most peculiar in the history of the works. After the engine and car had dropped from the tracks the six remaining cars of the train, heavily loaded with cinders, passed safely by the scene of the accident. Three switchmen, Hutchison, Fitzpatrick and Moore, who were on the rear end of the train, jumped and landed safely. It was an hour and a half before the bodies of the luckless enginemen were recovered. To add to the horror of the scene the boiler of the engine burst when it struck, flooding the debris with steam and boiling water.

Thomas, Walter
Walter Thomas - World Independent - April 8, 1940 - Walter Thomas Buried Tuesday - Funeral services will be held at the Unfug-Peet chapel Tuesday afternoon, 1:30 p.m., for Walter S. Thomas, pioneer county resident who died Saturday at the age of 76. Mr. Thomas was the youngest of six sons who with their parents homesteaded in Clay Center, Kans., in 1870. Mr. Thomas could recall visits of the Indians to the family home in Kansas at seasonal periods when the tribes sought grasses and rushes for weaving. He came to Huerfano County in 1899 settling at Pryor where he operated a grocery and was engaged in farming and ranching. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Mrs. Asa Wilcox of La Veta and Mrs. Jennie M. Duffy of Santa Fe. Rev. Hatfiled will officiate at the rites and pallbearers will include Carl Wadhams, Otto Klein, J.L. McBrayer, A.C. Schafer, Jr., Sam Herlyck and Bob Hepplewhite.

Thomas, William G.
William G. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - Pueblo Chieftain - May 05, 2003 - William G. Thomas died May 3, 2003, in Pueblo. Bill was born Jan. 20, 1917, on a farm that his mother homesteaded near Crawford, Neb. He was the son of Charlie and Ida Thomas, and one of 12 children, with only one surviving, Mrs. Josephine Pettipiece of Idaho. He married Kathryn Rose Fox on April 14, 1941, in Chadron, Neb. He was garage foreman at the Munitions Depot, Igloo, S.D. during WWII. They moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1946 where he worked at the Chrysler garage, the V.A. Hospital, and then built and ran his own business, The Thomas Garage on North Avenue. He retired from Grand Junction Steel in 1979. He and his wife Kathryn, married 62 years, lived in Grand Junction for 46 years before coming to Pueblo in 1992. Bill is survived by his wife, Kathryn; four children, Scottie (Dallas) Ruark of South Carolina, Michael (Laura) of California, Billy Joe (Catherine) and Kathy (Bob) Key, both of Pueblo. Bill and Kathryn had 11 grandchildren, Lori Sons, South Carolina, Lisa Harp of California, Major Michelle Koe of England, Christine Montgomery, Angela Stewart, Mark Thomas, all of California, Kate Jarrett, Holly Bricker, Scott Gardner, Tyler Thomas and Britney Thomas, all of Pueblo. They also had 14 great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews. A vigil for the deceased will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 Aspen Road. Cremation in the Davis Crematory will follow. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society, direct or through the mortuary.

Thomas, Willis A.
Willis A. Thomas - Pueblo Chieftain - February 14, 1998 - Willis A. Thomas, 71, passed away Feb. 12, 1998. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Peacock-Wood Chapel, Lamar, Colo. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Rocky Ford, Colo.

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