SANTEE, Calif. -- Paul DeLynn Thomas, 71, died April 18, 2007, at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif.
He was born April 17, 1936, in Trenton in Hitchcock County to Lloyd Wiley and Mildred Arlene (Evans) Thomas.
He received his education at Trenton Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1954. While in high school he worked at Eller's IGA Store in Trenton.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 24, 1955, and trained at Great Lakes, Ill.
On Oct. 4, 1958, he was united in marriage to Regina Janousek of Trenton, in Asheville, N.C. In 1971, the family moved to Santee, Calif.
While serving in the U.S. Navy, he served on the USS Egret, USS Saratoga (plank owner), USS Forestal, USS Jamestown, USS Yancy, USS Blue Ridge and the US S Home. He visited the Mediterranean countries, Australia, South America, Japan, Philippines, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam during his time in the service.
He served his country for 24 years and retired in February of 1979 as a Senior Chief Storekeeper. He was a Vietnam veteran and received six good conduct medals.
After retirement he worked for National Steel and Shipbuilding, doing the same work he did in the Navy. Later they operated a Ceramic Shop from 1988 until 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mildred Thomas; four brothers, Wayne, Gene, Ted and Delbert; and two sisters, Aileen Dye and Emma Mae Tramp.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Santee; daughters Deborah Carrillo of San Diego, Calif., and Dannette Montana of Yuma, Ariz.; two sisters, Loretta Boyd of Lander, Wyo.; and Virginia Cole-Scarbrough of Trenton; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation was on April 24, 2007 at El Cajon-Lakeside-Santee Mortuary in El Cajon, Calif. An Honorary Memorial Service was conducted by the U.S. Navy on April 11, 2007, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Calfi. Inurnment followed.
Memorials may be to be sent to the American Cancer Society.