Ronald Eugene Thomas died Aug. 29, 2006 from stroke complications with supportive and compassionate care provided by his Hospice of the Valley -- Friendship Village caregivers.
Mr. Thomas was born in Detroit, Mich. Oct. 13, 1929.
He served his country as a U.S. Army Corporal in Anchorage, Alaska during the Korean War. He worked as a salesman mainly in the food industry and retired from Laura Scudder.
He has been an Arizona resident for 45 years, spending most of those years in Tempe. His other community ties were to Tucson, Maryvale, Scottsdale and most recently Tonto Basin. At the Payson Senior Center he was fondly known as Ronald "McDonald."
After working part time for pool chemical and printing companies he finally retired from work and settled at his Milky Way Ranch near Roosevelt Lake.
He lived by the motto: "Fish in the morning for food and sail in the afternoon for fun" right up until suffering a stroke, June 29 on board his boat, Spitfire on Roosevelt Lake.
He is survived by his brother, Norman (Linda) of Tennessee; sister, Diana Boesch of Arizona; eight children, Rhonda (Ed) Montalvo, Terry, Sandie Yoder, Larry (Kibby), Gary (Teri), Linda Hale, Emily Jackson and Charles; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother Clara Wiess Thomas, his father Glen Harper Thomas and sister Velma.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1337 W. 11th St. in Tempe. Burial, with full military honors, is at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, at a later date.
Donations may be made in Mr. Thomas' memory to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Arrangements by Carr Tenney Mortuary.