Thomas, Roy

Written by Steve Lauber.

Roy Thomas, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died July 2, 2013, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.

He was born on March 30, 1920, in Seneca Township, Mich., the son of Roscoe and Inez (Merritt) Thomas. On Dec. 31, 1944, in Morenci, he married Alberta Staelens. She preceded him in death on Dec. 22, 2001.

Roy was a lifetime farmer, living all of his life in Seneca Township. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and baseball, and for a time owned and flew his own airplane. He was a member of the Morenci Grange and the Morenci Sportsman's Club.

He is survived by two daughters, Inez Thomas of Morenci and Donna (and Frank) Riley of Blissfield, Mich.; after his brother's passing his adopted daughter, Connie (and Steve) Swander of Grayling, Mich.; three grandchildren, Darryl Johnston, Derek Baugh and Rene (and Darrin Jackson) Baugh; three great-grandsons, Justin, Donnie and Corey; and a great-great-granddaughter, Mykenzie.

Besides his wife, Roy was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ada Hough, Minnie Wolf, Edna Smith and Irene Powers; and two brothers, Elmer and Roscoe "Cleave" Thomas.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m Saturday, July 6, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Fr. Dave Hudgins and Rev. Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society or to the Morenci Sportsman's Club. 

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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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