Thomas, Cleave

Written by David Green.

Roscoe Van Cleave Thomas, 93, of Canandaigua Road, Hudson, Mich., died April 22, 2006 at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1912 in Pettisville, Ohio, the son of Roscoe and Inez (Merritt) Thomas. He married Florence Kutzley on April 16, 1937 in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

In the 1930s Cleave served in the National Guard at Camp Grayling. He retired from Parker Chemical in 1978 and continued farming and raising horses. He looked forward to family reunions, picnics and his annual Halloween party. He enjoyed his family, travels with them, and parades with his cart and pony. He will be sadly missed.

Besides his wife, Cleave is survived by a daughter, Sharon (and Arnold) Ebersole of Lansing; two sons, Larry (and Jeannie) Thomas of Morenci and Rocky (and Patsy Lewis) Thomas of Palmyra; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy Thomas of Morenci; several nieces and nephews, and good friends, Dan and Connie Crickmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ada Hough,  Edna Smith, Irene Powers and Minnie Wolf; and a brother, Elmer Thomas.

Funeral services were April 24 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Jim Yatzek officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

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