Sept. 27, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Jerry W. Thomas, 67, of Edwardsburg, formerly of Niles, died at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, following an extended illness.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1946, in South Bend, Ind., to Walter B. and Mary L. (Hall) Thomas.
He graduated from Niles High School in 1965 and from Ferris State University in 1968. He had lived in Edwardsburg since 1968. He was employed at Lithotone, Inc., in Elkhart, Ind., for 41 years, retiring in 2009. In retirement, he worked at the Hoosier Harley-Davidson dealership in Elkhart
Jerry enjoyed motorcycling and was a member of the Elkhart Chapter of H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group). He traveled extensively including 32 states and parts of Canada. He also enjoyed camping at Hollywood Shores Resort in Union and enjoyed fishing.
On July 30, 1966, in Niles, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda L. Doepker, with whom he celebrated in July the 47th anniversary of their marriage.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Thomas, and their children, Daniel S. Thomas and Jennifer R. Clanton, both of Edwardsburg, and Robert J. (Jane) Thomas of South Bend; grandchildren Jacob (Heather) Rouch, Jarrod A. Williams, Nathan R. Thomas, Delaney Thomas, Justin Rouch and Alexis Clanton; a great-granddaughter, Rylea Rouch; Jerry’s mother, M. Lucille Thomas of Edwardsburg; a brother, Bernard James Thomas of Granger; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Walter Thomas, and brothers David A. Thomas and Neil L. Thomas.
The funeral service for Jerry W. Thomas will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles, with the pastor of Granger Missionary Church officiating, and will conclude with a motorcade, including motorcycles, to his gravesite in Edwardsburg Cemetery.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the American Heart Association.