John Merlin Thomas 1050 - 2010 Bonner Springs

Services for John Merlin Thomas, 59, Bonner Springs, were 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the Basehor United Methodist Church, Basehor.
Mr. Thomas died Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo.
He was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Merlin and Dorothy (Hawkins) Thomas.
He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was united in marriage on Nov. 22, 2008 in Tonganoxie to Janie Patrick. He was a member of the Basehor United Methodist Church, Basehor. Mr. Thomas was a diesel mechanic for Palmer Trucking, Bonner Springs, and also worked for Harley Davidson, Meyer Dairy and Miles Excavating. He enjoyed restoring old pickups, cars, motorcycles, hunting and antiquing. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhonda Kim Palmer Thomas, in 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Thomas, of the home; mother, Dorothy Thomas, Basehor; daughter, Molly (Andrew) Crews, Bonner Springs; stepdaughter, Kelli Patrick, Lenexa; brother, David Thomas and significant other, Lanny Rake, Basehor; sisters, Rosalie Withers, Shawnee, Linda Aufdemberge, Basehor, and Dotty (Dave) VanMol, Bonner Springs; and one granddaughter, Avery Crews.
Memorials are suggested to the Avery Crews Education Fund, care of First State Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 219, Tonganoxie 66086.
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