Preston Lee Thomas
Preston Lee Thomas departed this life on October 15, 2012 at Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas, at the age of 91 year, 8 months and 21 days. He was born January 25, 1921 in Ochiltree County, Texas to Leslie Lee “LL” and Verna Imogene (Pugh) Thomas.
Preston was baptized February 5, 2004 at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Kansas by the Rev. Lynn Spencer of St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas. Growing up Preston attended country school at Home Creek School. He was joined in marriage to Freda Vanderpool on February 12, 1947 in a double wedding with Ira and Juanita Reiswig in Perryton, Texas. Preston and Freda made their home on a farm south of Beaver and moved to town in 1951. Preston continued to farm until 1958 and continued trucking and running and trading cattle until 2000. He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, driving the truck, running cattle, attending cattle sales at sale barns and watching rodeos. He very much enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids. Preston has been a resident of Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas since 2009.
He is survived by: his children, Estel Thomas and his wife Linda of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Verna Clenney and her husband Ray of Guymon, Oklahoma, and Mickey Thomas and his wife Betty of Meade, Kansas; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; his brother, Ketih Thomas and his wife Doris of Elmwood, Oklahoma; his sisters, Imogene Hatcher and her husband Merlyn of Beaver, Oklahoma, Lavora Parker and her husband Gene of Bokchita, Oklahoma, Joan Goodwin of Rockwell, Texas, Janis Vowell and her husband Eddie of Commerce, Texas and Arlene Looper and her husband Darrell of Beaver, Oklahoma; his friend, Lilah Schukar of Forgan, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda, on October 24, 2000.
Memorial service was held on October 19th, 2012 at Peace Lutheran Church, Beaver, Oklahoma with Rev. Lynn Spencer officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Balko, Oklahoma.
The family welcomes memorials to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 and Artesian Valley Health System, PO Box 820, Meade, KS 67864.