John Thomas, 85, of Canfield, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Meridian Arms in Youngstown, Ohio.
John was born on June 28, 1932, to Herbert and Marie (Pentico) Thomas in Newton, Iowa. He graduated from Newton High School Class of 1950, and earned his bachelor's degree at Iowa State University in 1955 where he was a lifelong member of the Alumni Association. During college, he participated in the ROTC program. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st lieutenant from 1955 to 1957. John worked as a quality engineer for Westinghouse until his retirement in 1984.
On Sept. 5, 1959, he married his wife, Violet Sue Nemeth, at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Sharon. John was active in the church and served as an elder and clerk of sessions.
Following his retirement, he worked as a consultant. He was a member of the American Society for Quality Engineers.
John and his wife held office in the Shenango Valley Camera Club, where they both won awards for their slides. He enjoyed teaching his son David and his friends how to fish. John also liked woodworking, gardening, reading, completing crossword puzzles and was a Pirates baseball fan. He also like to spend time at his cottage in Cooks Forrest.
John is survived by his loving wife Violet; son, Dr. David (Michele) Thomas of Canfield; brothers, Keith (Janet) Thomas of Minnesota and Larry (Marge) Thomas, Marvin (Arlene) Thomas, Richard Thomas, all of Iowa. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Hannah and Lauren Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Thomas, and his mother, Marie Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Becky's Flower Garden at Buhl Park in Hermitage.
John, 85, of Canfield, Ohio.
Calling hours: 10:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday (1-2-18) at SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com.
Service: Funeral at noon Tuesday (1-2-18) at the funeral home, with Pastor John R. Loch, a family friend, officiating.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery.
Published on December 29, 2017