Leo Edward Thomas
1931 – 2018
Leo, 86, of Flagstaff, died peacefully on Saturday, March 24, 2018, surrounded by loving wife and family. He is survived by his wife Joyce of 63 years; their children David (Kathy), Dan (Kim), Todd, Belinda (Chip), John (Helen), DeeAnne (Guy), and Elaine (LeRoy); a proud Grandfather of 16 Grandchildren, 16 Great-Grandchildren, and one Great-Great Grandchild; the best brother ever, Tom (Becky) Thomas of Kearney, Missouri, a beloved Sister-In-Law, Marilyn Wever of Chillicothe, Missouri, and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Leo was born in July 1, 1931 to Floyd and Rosalia (Walz) Thomas in Utica, Missouri, the third of four children. Leo enjoyed playing sports, fishing, and hunting. As he was growing up he worked on his Grandfather’s farm, as well as the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Chillicothe, MO. After graduating from Utica High School he joined the U.S Army; 709th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion, stationed at Belmont Harbor, Chicago, Illinois. In 1954, after being honorably discharged he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Doosing. Together they made their home in the Kansas City area. While living there he acquired his automotive mechanics certification, worked for Sheffield Steel, Chevrolet, the American Car Company, and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Gashland, MO fire dept.
Leo and Joyce moved their family to Flagstaff in 1973. They were parishioners of the Nativity Catholic Church, and now at the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church. In Flagstaff he worked for Truck Parts, Queen Creek Land and Cattle Company, and lastly for the City of Flagstaff, retiring in 1993. After his retirement, he spent most mornings with the “Coffee Crew” at Miz Zips. He loved being outdoors, and spending time repairing any and everything in his shop and building birdhouses with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, an infant brother, Donald, both sisters Joanne and Wanda, and many beloved Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
Leo was strong in his faith, a devoted husband, a great father and a wonderful friend. A family mass and celebration of life will be planned for a future date.
The family would like to thank the Health Care team at the FMC and Northland Hospice. Memorial donations can be made to the Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Memories and condolences can be shared with family directly or online at www.norvelowensmortuary.com