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The Protection Post, June 9, 1961.

R. F. Thomas Dies After Short Illness

Funeral services for Richard F. Thomas, 85, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church in Coldwater, Kans. Mr. Thomas died Wednesday evening, May 31, in the Comanche County hospital.

Rev. Dean Dryden had charge of the service. Mrs. Ross Beeley, soloist, sang "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." She was accompanied by Miss Judy Ellis, organist.

Pallbearers were Frank Meyers, Ralph Deewall, Harold Ellis, Roy Kerstetter, Ralph Hoofer and Richard Bird. Honorary pallbearers were Clyde Blount, Asa Hoofer, Fred Robbins, Chet Hiner, Ira Burditt and Art Sanders.

Interment was in the Protection cemetery, Protection, Kansas.

Obituary

Richard Franklin Thomas, youngest son of John and Sarilda Jane Thomas died on Wednesday evening, May 31st, 1961, at the Comanche County hospital after a short illness. He was 85 years of age. He was born at Evansville, Indiana on May 26, 1876.

He was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Root on August 21, 1897, at Chillicothe, Mo. To this union were born ten children, six of whom are still living. Those preceding him in death were Richard Lee 1905, Oma Sarilda 1917, Florence Elizabeth 1950, Vera Vivian 1951, and his wife Mary Elizabeth in 1956.

In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas left Missouri and came to Wichita, Kans. From Wichita they moved to a farm near Offerle, Kans., where the seven younger children were born. In 1925 the family moved to a farm about midway between Protection and Coldwater. In 1945 he and his wife retired and moved to Coldwater. Since the death of his wife he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Blackard when not visiting with his other children. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Hale, Mo. but had attended the Methodist Church in Coldwater. He was also a member of the old Woodman Lodge and the I. O. O. F. of Offerle, Kans.

Survivors include six children: Ruel Victor of Mountain View, Calif., Cecil Roger of Wichita, Kans., Mrs. Viola Butler of Bellwood, Ill., Mrs. Thelma Blackard of Coldwater, Kans., Harley Arlo of Phoenix, Ariz., and Forrest Glenn of Wheatfield, Ind.; 32 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.


The Western Star, June 8, 1961.

R. F. Thomas Dies In Local Hospital

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 3, 1961, at 2:00 p.m. in the Coldwater Methodist church for Richard Franklin Thomas.

Rev. Dean Dryden was in charge of the service. Miss Judith Ann Ellis was the organist and accompanied Mrs. Ross Beeley as she sang "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder."

Pallbearers were Frank Meyers, Harold Ellis, Ralph Deewall, Ralph Hoofer, Roy Kerstetter and Richard Bird. Honorary pallbearers were Clyde Blount, Asa Hoofer, Fred Robbins, Chet Hiner, Ira Burditt and Art Sanders.

Interment was in the Protection Cemetery, Protection, Kans.

Obituary

Richard Franklin Thomas, youngest son of John and Sarilda Jane Thomas, died on Wednesday evening, may 31, 1961, at the Comanche County Hospital after a short illness. He was 85 years of age. He was born at Evansville, Ind., on May 26, 1876.

He was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Root on August 21, 1897, at Chillicothe, Mo. To this union were born ten children, six of whom are still living. Those preceding him in death were Richard Lee, 1905; Oma Sarilda, 1917; Florence Elizabeth, 1950, Vera Vivian, 1954, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth in 1956.

In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas left Missouri and came to Wichita. From Wichita they moved to a farm near Offerle, Kans., where the seven younger children were born. In 1925 the family moved to a farm about midway between Protection and Coldwater. In 1954 he and his wife retired and moved to Coldwater. Since the death of his wife he has made his home with hs daughter, Mrs. Clyde Blackard, when not visiting with his other children. He was a member of the Baptist church of Hale, Mo., but had attended the Methodist church in Coldwater. He was also a member of the old Woodman Lodge and the I. O. O. F. of Offerle, Kans.

Survivors include six children: Ruel Victor of Mountain View, Calif., Cecil Roger of Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. Viola Butler of Bellwood, Ill.; Mrs. Thelma Blackard of Coldwater; Harley Arlo of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Forrest Glenn of Wheatfield Ind.; 32 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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The Western Star, September 5, 1947.

Thomases Celebrate Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas, Coldwater, Married 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Thomas. 
(Image from microfilmed copy of the newspaper.)


At left: Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Thomas.

A reception in honor of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas of Coldwater was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Blackard Thursday, August 21.

The dining table was covered with a gold damask cloth and was centered with gold pompom chrysanthemums. A beautiful three tiered wedding cake topped with an orchid and a gold pin completed the setting. The cake was served with ice cream and ice tea. The honored couple received many beautiful gifts.

The out-of-town guests were: Mrs. Alberta James and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Thomas and son, John Thomas, of Wichita; Mrs. Iona E. Brown, W. H. Ritter and Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Dorsey and son of Sitka, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Ray and children of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Thomas and children of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dorsey and son of Englewood.

Other children and their families from this county who were present were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Blackard and daughters of Coldwater and Mr. and Mrs. Harley Thomas and children of Protection.

Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas were united in marriage in Chillicothe, Mo., August 21, 1897. In 1900 they moved to Wichita and for 16 years they made their home in Ford county, Kansas. In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and their children moved to Comanche county, settling on a farm which they had purchased. In 1945 they moved from their farm seven miles southwest of Coldwater and have continued to make their home in this city in the former J. L. Stanley residence which they purchased.

Of their ten children, eight are living and five of them were able to be present at the golden wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are among the county's highly respected citizens and both are still in excellent health. Both Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are 71 years of age. They have been successful in their farming and other interests and are now enjoying living in town and observing their many grandchildren grow up.


Gravestone for Richard Franklin Thomas,

Protection Cemetery, Comanche County, Kansas.

Photo by Bobbi (Hackney) Huck.
RICHARD F. THOMAS
MAY 26, 1876 - MAY 31, 1961

Gravestone for Richard Franklin Thomas
Protection Cemetery, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photo by Bobbi (Hackney) Huck.


Ray, Florence Elizabeth (Thomas)
DIES IN KANSAS CITY AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS -- Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas and their daughter, Mrs. Clyde Blackard, of Coldwater and their sons, Cecil and Harley Thomas of Protection were called to Kansas City last Friday to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Olin Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas. Her death occurred on February 9 in Northeast Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., where she had been for the past two months. She had been in failing health for more than a year. Funeral services were held in the First Christian church in Kansas City February 11 and burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in that city. Florence Elizabeth Ray, eldest daughter of Richard F. and Mary Elizabeth Thomas of Coldwater, Kans., was born in Wichita, Kans., September 26, 1902, and passed away in Kansas City February 9, 1950, at the age of 47 years, 4 months and 14 days. She was united in marriage in Wichita with Albert Olin Ray in 1922 and they since have made their home in Kansas City. To this union were born four children - Doris, Mary Crandall, Charles and Lois Ray of the home who, with the husband, survive. Other survivors are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Thomas; four brothers, Ruel V. Thomas of Washington state, Cecil R. Thomas and Harley A. Thomas of Protection, Kans., and Rev. Forrest G. Thomas of Richmond, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Viola Butler of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Vivian Dorsey of Englewood, Kans., and Mrs. Thelma Blackard of Coldwater and many other relatives. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. -- The Western Star, February 17, 1950.


Mary Elizabeth (Root) Thomas, wife of Richard F. Thomas.

Earl Thomas, son of Cecil Thomas, grandson of Richard & Mary Thomas.

Thelma Earline (Nichols) Thomas, wife of Cecil Thomas, daughter in law of Richard & Mary Thomas.


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