Thomas, Larry

Written by David Green.

Larry C. Thomas, 64, of Harris Highway, Morenci, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his home. He was born May 27, 1942, in Seneca Township, the son of Roscoe VanCleave and Florence (Kutzley) Thomas. On March 7, 1964, he married Gloria Jean Fee in Canandaigua, and she survives.

Larry was a lifelong Morenci area resident. He worked as a security guard at General Motors for more than 30 years before retiring in 2004. He enjoyed hunting, farming, operating heavy equipment and building homes. He served in the U.S. Army from June 7, 1960, to May 22, 1963.

Besides his wife, Jean, he is survived by a daughter, Kelley (and Tony) Pifer of Adrian; two sons, Mark Thomas and friend Kristol Schaffner and Kirk (and Janelle) Thomas, both of Morenci; his mother, Florence of Canandaigua; four grandsons, Brandon and Aaron Pifer and Cody and Caleb Thomas; one sister, Sharon (and Arnold) Ebersole of Eaton Rapids; one brother, Rocky Thomas of Canandaigua.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Cleave.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel with the Rev. Max Munk officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the donor’s choice.

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