Charles Thomas, 93

Charles Richard Thomas, 93, North Manchester, passed away July 8, 2019 at 5:47 p.m. at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

One of nine children, Dick was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Center Township, to Jonathan Ora and Kessie (Ealy) Thomas.
He married Loretta May Curtis. She passed away on Sept. 26, 1993. He later married Geraldine M. “Gerri” Gidley on Oct. 28, 1995. They were married for almost 19 years before she passed away Aug. 18, 2014.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He built an auction house in Muncie called The East Way Auction where he and his brother were auctioneers for five years. He later owned and operated a gas station that expanded into a grocery store for 25-plus years called Thomas Milk House, Produce, and Grocery located in Peru, with a secondary location in Wabash. An accomplished farmer, he grew his own fruits and vegetables for the store. Dick had a deep passion and seriousness for fishing and created many of his own fishing lures.

In the center of Dick’s life, was a call of faith and ministry. He produced a television ministry called “Seeds of Growth” that aired on Christian TV stations. He was also an accomplished poet that published a book of poems called “Seeds of Growth” poems. He was also a song leader at several churches. Dick later attended the Manchester Bible Church in North Manchester. He also volunteered at hospice homes for three years.

Surviving are sons, Timothy Thomas, Peru, Rodney (Nancy McMillan) Thomas, Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Linda (Leonard) Andersson, Mesa, Ariz., Sherry (Larry) Hawks, Kokomo; one step-son Jon (Jerry) Gidley, South Whitley; two step-daughters, Janice (John) Campbell, West Lafayette, and Barbara (David) Patterson, Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers Larry (Julianne) Thomas, Muncie, Bill Thomas, New Jersey; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren, and eight step great great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, his second wife, four brothers, and two sisters.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will follow. Pastor Paul Sutherland will officiate and burial will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru.

Memorials may be made to, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Posted on 2019 Jul 11