Dale L. Thomas, 81, Alamo, Texas formerly of Hays, Kansas, and Woodland Park, Colorado, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born June 1, 1938 in Solomon, Kansas to Russell James and Hilma Louise (Wann) Thomas.
Dale graduated from Kipp High School in Kipp, Kansas in 1956. After high school, he joined the United States Naval Academy and was an aircraft mechanic with the Heavy Attack Squadron Six from 1956 to 1960. Dale had several careers, including barber, frozen food sales, restaurant equipment sales and cabinetmaker. Upon retiring and for the past 25 years, he was a full-time RVer, spending summers in Woodland Park, CO and winters in Alamo, TX, doing RV repair, owning his own business, “Dale’s RV Service”.
Survivors include his wife, Della Sewell-Thomas, of the home; two sons, Jeff and wife, Stacia, of Kenesaw, NE; Brett and wife, Brenda, Houston, TX; stepson Paul Wasinger, Hays, KS; stepdaughter, Michelle Schwenk and husband, Ben, Colorado Springs, CO; brother, Donnie Thomas, Lindsborg, KS; sister, Lila Spout and husband, Melvin, Solomon, KS; seven grandchildren, Zach and wife, Julie Thomas, Haley Thomas, McKenzie Thomas, Adam Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Anna Thomas, Daniel Schwenk; and two great granddaughters, Isabella Hansford and Tatum Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters, Dorothy Hafner, Grace Reiff, Etta Mann, Marilyn Thomas and Jean Catt.
Funeral Services are at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas with military honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays. Dale wasn’t one for formal attire and requested that those attending dress casual.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.
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