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Clifford R. Thomas

June 21, 1939 May 15, 2019
Clifford R. Thomas
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CLIFFORD R. THOMAS, 79, of Erie, IL, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, IA.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be held at a later date. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial has been established to the Hanson-Kennedy Albany Post #1079 American Legion.

Cliff was born June 21, 1939, in Morrison, IL, to Kennard R. and Ellen L. (Peterson) Thomas. He was educated in the Newton Township Grade School and was a graduate of Erie High School. He then received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. Cliff served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Cliff was a flight instructor at Rusk Aviation in Kankakee, IL and later was employed as an insurance adjuster. Cliff was a member and past commander of the Hanson-Kennedy Albany Post #1079 American Legion. He enjoyed all aspects of aviation and also enjoyed woodworking and bowling.

Survivors include one daughter, Paula (Glen) Robinson of Kankakee, IL; two sons, Kennard (Rhonda) Thomas of Aroma Park, IL and Gregory Thomas of Kankakee, IL; three grandchildren, Kristi Robinson, Kyle (Amber) Robinson, and Kenton Robinson; three great-grandchildren, Evalyn and Ayden Robinson and Austin Denault; one sister, Mrs. Carolyn Lamp of Charlotte, IA; and one brother, Richard J. (Joyce) Thomas of Albany, IL; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, William F. Lamp.

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