Wilbur ‘Dean’ Thomas

November 25, 2016

Wilbur “Dean” Thomas 82, of Frankfort, Ind., died at 12:35 a.m. November 25, 2016 at Clinton House Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Born August 30, 1934 in Rockville, Ind. to Wesley & Hattie (Kirkham) Thomas.  He married Joyce Ann Pierce on August 30, 1957 in Lebanon, Ind. and she survives.  Mr. Thomas was a 1953 graduate of Frankfort High School and had lived in Frankfort most of his life.  He was an engineer for N & S Railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1996. A veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957, he served in Japan.  Mr. Thomas was a past member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, and the American Legion all of Frankfort. He was an avid golfer & loved taking his granddaughters to the driving range and on vacations.

Visitation and Services

No visitation or services are planned. Inurnment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Survived by:

Wife: Joyce Ann Thomas of Frankfort, Daughter: Tracy (Douglas) Bonam of Martinsville, Son: Todd (Jackie) Thomas of San Jose, Cal., Sister: Ruby Ridenour of Frankfort, Brother: Max Thomas of Frankfort, 3 Granddaughters, Danielle Bonam, a history teacher, Taylor Bonam, a Registered Nurse and Brittany Thomas, who is currently in Medical School at Creighton University. Dean was very proud of his granddaughters.


Leave your Condolences

13 Condolences for “Wilbur ‘Dean’ Thomas”

  1. Linda Gibson Benge November 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    God Bless you Joyce, Tracy, Todd and granddaughters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanksgiving will never be the same. My mom passed 3 years ago on Thanksgiving Day. Each year we find more to be thankful for and remember her with lots of stories and personal moments that our family shares as we gather together. Our prayer is that God will send His Comforter to each of you and that you will find peace and assurance. Love, prayers and hugs.

  2. Donna Ridenour November 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for peace at this difficult time. Damon had many great memories of Dean. He will be missed. Damon Ridenour and Family

  3. Sarah M Camp November 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I was sadden to hear Uncle Dean passed away. This brought back memories of going to Grandma’s on Sundays to have dinner. Also, the reunions every summer. We did have a big family and plenty of good food. It’s hard to lose a husband, father, grandfather and brother. Remember happier times, and stay close to each other. God bless and take care.

  4. Cheri Smith November 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I remember Dean so well from when we were growing up on Boone Street. Such a long road he had to walk and you with him, Joyce and Tracy. My heart and prayers are with you and the family. Much love….Cheri

  5. Missy and Steve November 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    So sorry Joyce, Tracy, Todd and family for the loss. We have such fond memories of him!!!
    He was lucky to have you Joyce, whom went out DAILY to be with him.
    Please know we are deeply saddened and prayers and hugs to you all.
    We love you

  6. Beth Hardebeck November 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  7. Debbie Crowe November 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    To the Family,

    One of my first recollections of childhood were at the Thomas home on Jefferson, and Dean making the best egg sandwiches. I hope the memories he has left, sustain you Joyce, until you meet again. Tracy and Todd, how blessed you were to have him for a Father. May the memories that you have of this wonderful man carry you throughout your lives. I know your children are blessed to have called him Grandpa!! Much love to you all!!

  8. Eileen Murphy November 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss.

  9. Brian Wells November 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your family was always very kind to me. Our Fathers worked hard to provide for us. Mr. Thomas was raised during the depression as was my Father. I still find it amazing that their generation survived the depression and WW2! What a disciplined generation! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Brian & Joyce Wells

  10. Jeff M November 28, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Tracy, Joyce and family, Please except my condolences, may you all find peace during this difficult time.

  11. Rick & Janie Gunter November 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  12. Patty November 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you are able to find comfort in your memories of Dean and in the love and and support of each other, family, and friends.

  13. Larry Mart December 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend, Dean. Dean and I spent many hours of good times while employed by the NSC.

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