Frank Thomas


LAKIN — Frank F. Thomas, 96, of Lakin, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin.

LAKIN — Frank F. Thomas, 96, of Lakin, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin.

He was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Lakin, to Frank Fleetwood and Mary Catherine O'Loughlin Thomas. He graduated from Lakin High School in 1936.

On July 10, 1949, he married Velma Lois Butler in Lakin. She died March 3, 2001. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim and his wife Lucille Thomas; and a sister, Marcella and her husband Marvin McVey.

A lifetime resident of Kearny County, Mr. Thomas was an electrician, owning and operating Frank Thomas Electric. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin, a member of the VFW Post No. 6092 where he also served as Quarter Master, and was a member of the American Legion, Kearny County Historical Society, Kearny County Senior Center and Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association. He enjoyed playing the drums and participating in basketball and baseball while he was in high school. He also enjoyed dancing, taking care of and feeding animals, and he loved traveling with his wife while she worked as a tour guide for Sunflower Excursions from 1967 to 1984. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include a sister, Catherine Phillips of Lakin.

A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Lakin Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted.

Visitation hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be given at Memorials are suggested to the Frank & Velma Thomas Scholarship Fund or Cal Farley Boys Ranch, both in care of the funeral home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, KS 67860.


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