James Thomas

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James Edward Thomas, 85, of Belleville, IL, born May 30, 1938, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, June 22, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was a dedicated family man, an expert welder, perfectionist painter, and retired as a civilian employee of Scott Air Force Base. In his off time, he enjoyed fishing, traveling, jigsaw puzzles, and any western themed or slapstick entertainment.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Joseph and Anna Mae, nee McNulty, Thomas; his two brothers, Joseph and Donald Thomas; a sister, Darlene; a great-granddaughter, Claire; and a brother-in-law, Mark Gartland.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 65 years, Kathleen Alta, nee Hinkle, Thomas, whom he married on November 8, 1958; his four children, James “Jimmy” (Tina) Thomas, Mari (Ken) Bertelsman, Nancy Brown (Bill Hawthorne), and Michael “Mike” Thomas;
nine grandchildren, Ashley (Edward) Sczcepanski, Jon, Danielle (Jake) Schweiger, Taylour, Brice, David, Connor, Savannah, and Donald;
five great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Emmaline, Edward, Ember and Isabella;
two brothers, John and Edward “Eddie” Thomas;
one sister, Ann “Sis” Gartland;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Central Institute for the Deaf. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2023, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2023, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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3 Comments on James Thomas

Jen Saake said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 8:08 AM

Mari - Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Joao Rocha said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 4:56 PM

Flavia and I are sending our heartfelt condolences. We are praying for peace and comfort for the family. May God's peace be with you now and forever.

  • Miltown Malbay
  • Clare / Ireland
James Hawthorne said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2023 at 2:02 PM

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out and up for the family. May Gods Peace be with you now and always.

  • Oklahoma City
  • OKlahoma

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