Samuel E. Thomas, 96, Mt. Morris, died on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.
Sam was born June 5, 1918 in rural Ogle County, the son of Frank and LuLu (Hedrick) Thomas.
He graduated from Mt. Morris Schools.
Sam married K. Annette Towns on Jan. 3, 1942 in El Paso De Robles, Calif.
He worked for Kable Printing Company for 45 years, retiring in 1982.
Sam served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a military policeman.
He was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, VFW, and American Legion.
Sam is survived by two sons, Michael E. (Alexis Jo) Thomas, Plymouth, and Steven E. (Mary Georgeanne) Thomas, Villages, Fla.; a daughter, Samantha (Vern) Tillet, Worthington, Mo.; eight grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;18 step-great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Geri LeVar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annette; three brothers, Kramer, Theodore, and John, and two sisters, Mary and Ruth.
A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating.
Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation was scheduled for Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, or Serenity Hospice & Home.