A. Wayne Thomas, 90 was born December 27, 1929 in his family home in Emporia, KS to Blanche and Albert H. Thomas, and passed away on May 23, 2020 in his daughter Pat Bittel’s home in Lawrence, KS.
Wayne graduated from Emporia High School in 1948, then joined the U.S. Navy to serve his country. He was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway from 1948 through 1952.
Upon his return to Emporia, he met and married Carole Ann Turney in Emporia. They were wed for nearly 50 years until her death in 2003.
Wayne graduated from Clark’s Business College in Topeka, KS in 1954. He was the Purchasing Agent and Personnel Manager at American Yearbook Co., the Purchasing Manager and Production Manager at Seymour Foods in Topeka, & Vice President of Food Pak, Inc. in Tulsa, OK, and, retirement sold real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks for several years.
In 2004, Wayne married Betty Richardson in Emporia. She passed away in 2011.
Wayne was a 67-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jarrett Thomas and a sister, Barbara Allbee. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Lisa Thomas, Sarasota, FL, daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Rod Bittel, Lawrence, KS, and grandchildren, Zach Thomas, Pompano Beach, FL, Ben Thomas, North Platte, NB, and Scott Thomas, North Port, FL, Alex Bittel, Lawrence, KS, Jessica Bittel-Zweygardt, Topeka, KS, Kaitlin Bittel, Lawrence, KS, Daniel Bittel, Yosemite National Park, CA, step-grandson, Sam Bittel, Leawood, KS, a great grand-daughter, Naomi Bittel, Lawrence, KS, and several nieces & nephews.
Graveside services are tentatively planned for October 10, 2020 in Emporia, KS.
The family wishes to share their love and gratitude to the staff at Monterey Village, Lawrence, KS for being Wayne’s loving and caring family for his last several years. Much gratitude and appreciation are also given to Nancy and Lana from Douglas Co. Visiting Nurses Assoc. for their skill and compassion to Wayne and his family, allowing him to enjoy his final days with his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Village activity fund, 3901 Peterson Rd Lawrence, KS 66049, or to Douglas Co. Visiting Nurses Assoc., 200 Main St. Suite C Lawrence, KS 66044.
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I lived at Monterey Village, too, and I was a friend of Wayne Thomas; we sat at the same table and told each other some true (and some false!) stories. I miss him very much!
I’m sorry for your lost. I loved being the provider for him while he lived at Monterey Village. He always made me smile.
Ken, Lisa and family, with deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Patricia Langley and Marcella Tinoco
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