Tuesday, November 8, 2011



AGE: 96

ADDRESS: 650 Pearl Street, Rib Lake, Former City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:20 P.M. Sunday, November 6 at the Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where he had resided for the past 4 years.

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where full military honors will be performed by the Medford Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Rev. Cathy Hinman

PLACE OF BURIAL: Medford Evergreen Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION AT: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 9 and also from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 25, 1914 at Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: August 28, 1948 in Dorchester to Jeanne A. Boelter and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: William served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942 – 1945 being stationed in New Guinea. After returning home, he worked for his father’s floral business where he purchased the business with his brother, Ervin in 1957. They owned and operated Thomas Floral until his retirement in 1980. He was an avid reader, enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling and playing cards.

PAST MEMBER OF: United Church of Christ, Medford, Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, Tee-Hi Golf Club, Medford Masonic Lodge #217 and the Timber Shrine. Served on the Medford City Council, Served on the Parks Committee on the County Board, Long time member of the Medford Electric Utility Commission and Served as President of the Black River Country Club. William was a charter member of the Medford Lions Club and the Klossner-Dietzler Post #5729

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Jeanne A. Thomas of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dave (Sharon) Thomas of Medford, Bruce (Donna) Thomas of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary (Duane) Arndt of Hayward and Brian (Sally) Thomas of Westboro


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 Sisters: Hilda Bullington of Medford and Ruthie Childers of Athens, Alabama
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends

DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: 3 Brothers: Ervin, George and August
3 Sisters: Margaret, Dorothy and Elizabeth

DECEASED FATHER: Valentin A. Thomas
DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Thomas (Maiden Name: Schwabenhausen)

PALLBEARERS: Brandon, Megan and Travis Arndt, Katherine and Elvis Bauman and Roger Mann

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