CENTERBURG — John D. Thoma, 86, of Centerburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon.
He was born March 23, 1925, in Columbus, to the late John and Ethel (Praither) Thoma. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during World War II, and a Purple Heart recipient Nov. 12, 1944, on the island of Leyte, Philippines. He worked 27 years at Ironsides, retiring in March, 1987. John enjoyed cars, hunting, and his main joy in life was his family.
John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia “Jenny” (Taylor) Thoma, whom he married Oct. 8, 1947, in Greenup, Ky.; children, Sally (Ben) Smith, of Howard, Johnny (Mary) Thoma, of Marysville, and Albert (Barbara) Thoma, of Centerburg; grandchildren, Lib (Brad) Watts, Chris (Nicole) Thoma, John P. Thoma, and Tyler Smith; one great-grandchild, Allie; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; several nieces, nephews and special friends.
He was preceded in death by caring in-laws, Fonzo and Thelma Taylor; and brother, Albert.
Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, 420 First Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio, with Pastor Jerry Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, Ohio. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday. Full Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Gallia County Veterans Service Organization.
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