Delmere F. Thomas

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

April 23, 1914-Feb. 13, 2005

Delmere Franklin Thomas died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the Cambridge Manor Home in Cambridge at the age of 90.

He was born April 23, 1914, in Red Willow County, the son of the late Frank and Julia Elizabeth (Halsey) Thomas. He grew up on the family farm southwest of Lebanon and graduated from rural school. He attended high school in Danbury until the illness and death of his father.

On Feb. 14, 1941, he married Letha Leola Nokes. To this union was born Janet Marie, Judy May and Franklin Lee. He entered the United State Army serving during World War II in the African and European Theaters. He returned home and they farmed in the Lebanon Community until her death on Oct. 13, 1956.

He married Helen Martin on Dec. 1, 1965, in Danbury and they farmed until retiring and moving to McCook in the spring of 1980. They had a short time to enjoy life before her death in the March of 1985.

He married Faye Korell on March 14, 1992, and they lived in McCook.

He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook, the American Legion Post No. 0203 and VFW Post No. 01652 and McCook Elks Lodge No. 1434 in McCook. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leola; wife, Helen; an infant son, Franklin Lee Thomas, who died July 17, 1950; one grandson, Terry Fatout, who died Aug. 12, 1983; and one sister, Marie Grafton.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Thomas of McCook; two daughters, Janet Walker and husband, Thomas of San Antonio, Texas and Judy Powell of Indianola; four grandchildren, Sherri Britz, Michele Malleck, Mike Powell and Janelle Jurey; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Redtfeldt of Emmett, Idaho; step-sons, Kay Martin and wife, Margie, Ronnie Martin and wife, Linda, Kent Martin, Brad Korell and wife, Dianna, Kip Korell and wife, Kristi; step-daughter, Kerry Chrisman and husband, Mike and their families; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

He will always be remembered for his easy-going personality and trust in people. He was particular in his work and appearance. His slogan was "I'm a good farmer and I hate weeds." Delmere's 1972 green pickup has now been parked.

Funeral service were 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating. Interment was at the Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon.

Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home from 9 a.m-9 p.m.