Larry L. Thomas, 79, of Rossville, left this life at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Larry was born Oct. 11, 1934, in Danville, the son of Cecil M. Thomas and Verda B. (Robling) Thomas.
He married Ruth Ellen Bell on April 3, 1960. She survives in Rossville.
Together Larry and Ruth welcomed into their family five children: Mark (Brenda) Thomas, Brian Thomas (deceased), Kevin (Dana) Thomas, Andy Thomas and Mary (Dan) Luksetich. Brian’s wife, Terri, a loving daughter-in-law and her husband, Terry Kane, are a special part of his family. There also are nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Larry also leaves behind his sister, Kay Ritter; and a brother, Max (Wini) Thomas; several nieces and nephews, as well as Ruth’s two cousins, Mary Ann and Donna Rae who also reside with Larry and Ruth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Alan and one son, Brian.
Larry was a farmer all his life. He was a member of Rossville Church of Christ and taught the adult Sunday School class for many years. Larry served in the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the Anderson Funeral Home with minister Kevin Purdy officiating. Burial will follow funeral service at the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville.
Memorials may be directed to the Rossville Historical Society 103 W Attica St. Rossville, IL 60963. Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Larry’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.