Charles Eugene Thomas

Funeral services for Charles Eugene Thomas, 65, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Tuesday, May 11th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joseph Clark officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at 1:30 pm Tuesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Mr. Thomas passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at his home.

He retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service, attaining the rank of SFC. Most recently he was working security at Lawrence Free State High School.

His wife Marsha survives of the home.

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Messages & Condolences

From Laurie Martin-Frydman...

Condolences to family and friends. I worked with Charles at Free State and had many great conversations with him over the years. He was a man who made a difference in the lives of so many kids. I had huge respect for him. What a tough loss!

From Harry Simpson...

Rest Charles, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. Career U.S. Army.

From Debbie Shafer...

Harry Shafer knew Charles when he would come over to Freestate once and a while from LHS he said Charles was very friendly he was really respected well liked . He will be greatly missed. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers

From Lynda Bass...

I completely agree with everything my former colleagues Alice, Carol and Ed said about Charles. I have the upmost respect for Charles. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known and was a special gift to Free State faculty and students.

From Alice Karakas...

Charles was a listener, a teacher, a friend, a mentor; he was self-less, giving of his time, kind, compassionate and worked tirelessly for the kids. He earned respect from everyone. He exuded class, a graceful manner, strength and humor. I will always be thankful for our friendship and for how generously he gave of his time w me in many conversations. I learned so much from working with him. Today, I am thinking of his loved ones and all those he made better just thru knowing him.

From Lisa Baxter...

Rest In Peace Charles. And fly high!
You will be so missed at Freestate High School.

From Ed West...

Charles was truly a one-of-a-kind. His grace and compassion, honesty and integrity, and consistent high expectations he held for himself and others is what I will most remember. I can’t envision Charles without being with a group of young people mentoring, encouraging, and supporting. He helped make a difference in ways no one will ever know. Rest In Peace, Charles, and may your family find comfort and strength.

From Carol Spring Watgen...

Charles,
I learned so much from you and cherish the memories from the 5 years I helped with Can We Talk. Your gentle humor helped me through some rough days. I remember how you would stop by after school and our long talks. More than anyone else, you helped me to see my whiteness and my blindness about race. I’m forever grateful that we walked along life’s path together. Rest in peace.

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