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Richard R. Thomas

April 27, 1937 ~ July 3, 2018 (age 81)

Richard R. Thomas, 81, of Alpena passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena after a long courageous battle with COPD.

Richard was born April 27, 1937, in Essexville, Michigan to the late William and Mildred (Barcia) Thomas. On December 26, 1958, he married Geraldine Lamkin. She preceded him in death on May 27, 1998. Richard served in the United States Air Force and National Guard. He owned and operated Thomas Floor Covering. Richard loved wood carving, oil painting, and was known to be meticulous in his artwork and in life.

Richard was able to find love again with Rosalyn Suszek.  Surviving are his four children, Vicki (Paul) Helton, Robert (Christine) Thomas, Jeanette (Daniel) Cline, Lois (Daniel) Westergard; 8 grandchildren, Jesse (Kim) Helton, Kevin (Shawna) Helton, Rachel (Cheyanne) Baker, Adamm (Danielle) Thomas, Brittany (Luis) Nunez, Thomas (Darcy) Cline, Kassandra Cline, Elizabethe (Shawn) Ford; 18 great grandchildren, Rhylie, Asher, Hannah, Sophia, Isabella, Michael, Scarlet, Wesley, Wyatt, Beck, Arabella, Conner, Sarah, Emily, Austin, Sarina, Arianna, Sky; brother, William (Patricia) Thomas; half-sister, Mary Lamson; and sister-in-law, Joy Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his brother, Bernard Thomas.

Memorial visitation will take place Thursday at Bannan Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m.with Rev. Robert Thomas officiating.

Inurnment:  Sanborn Township Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280