Harold Edward Thomas

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Harold Edward Thomas died March 19, 2007. He was born Feb. 28, 1925 in Corvallis, Ore. to Alice Morford Thomas and Ishmael Thomas.

He began working in the lumber industry at the age of 16 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving in World War II.

Following his military service, Mr. Thomas returned to the lumber industry in Oregon, working as a timber cutter, truck driver, sawyer, planer man and supervisor. He married Dorathea Galloway in 1947. She preceded him in death in 1984.

In 1964, he moved to Trinidad, Colo. to help establish Stonewall Industries lumber mill. He joined Kaibab Industries at their Littleton, Colo. lumber mill in 1967. He was transferred to Payson from the Kaibab sawmill in Eagle, Colo. in 1980.

In 1986 he married Marie Waugh in Payson; she preceded him in death in 2001.

Mr. Thomas was a volunteer with the Elder Builders of Payson. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, International Order of Odd Fellows and ROMEO Club of Payson.

He is survived by his wife, Gerri Petersen; daughter, Carolynn A. Gibson of Nemo, Texas; sisters Mary Alice Sapp and Dorathy Shelton, both of Corvallis, Ore.; three grandchildren, Kenneth Gibson of Buckeye, Ariz., Arch Gibson of North Adams, Mass. and Major Trent Gibson of Blacksburg, Va.; great-grandchildren Alyse Gibson and Ashlie Gibson, both of Greenville, S.C., and Angelina Gibson of Buckeye.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his wives, Dorathea Galloway and Marie Waugh; his grandparents; his parents, Ishmael Thomas and Alice Morford Thomas; sons, Wayne Thomas and Arch Harold; brothers, Stanley Thomas and Donald Thomas.

The viewing was March 22 and services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 23.

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