James Thomas

Obituary of James Thomas

James Dale Thomas was born on September 7, 1959 in Monroe.   One of seven children born from the union of the late Richard Dale Thomas and Joyce Ann (Brown) Thomas, James was raised in Maybee, where he loved to play America’s pastime of baseball.    He attended Monroe High School and graduated with the Class of 1977.  James spent most of his career in sales, selling plumbing supplies, janitorial supplies and logistics services.

James and two of his brothers were proud to say that they had begun their own business known as Commodity Logistics.   For the past four years, James was employed as the Director of Business Development for Saddlecreek Logistics.  

James married Valerie Morris and from this union came the birth of one son:  Tyler.   He later would marry, the love of his life, Jennifer Hopkins on February 2, 1991 at the Good Shephard Lutheran Church where he had been previously baptized.   The couple would be blessed with the birth of a son:  Austin.   James cared deeply for his family and was a devoted husband and father.   He was an avid outdoorsman and looked forward to weekly golf in Dundee.

He enjoyed the finer things, among which included quality time with wife:  Jennifer, vacations with family and quiet evenings with his dog lucky.

James Dale Thomas, age 57 of Worthington, Ohio passed away at 4:40pm on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Kobacker House in Columbus.   His passing was preceded by his father.   

To cherish his memory, James leaves his wife: Jennifer Thomas of Worthington, two sons: Tyler James Thomas of Toledo and Corporal Austin James Thomas of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; mother:  Joyce Thomas of Florida; three brothers:  Jeffrey Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Richard (Kim) Thomas Jr. of Ida, and Clifford Thomas of Colorado; and three sisters: Tonia (Larry) Bobich of Monroe, Diana (Dennis) Hoffman of Culleoka, Tennessee, and Leslie (Jason) Wheat of Marysville, Tennessee.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Merkle Funeral Service; South Monroe, 14567 South Dixie Highway (734) 241-7070.   Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, September 11, 2017 also at Merkle’s with Pastor Jeffrey Heimsoth of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.

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