Vernon J. Thomas Sr., age 82, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. Vernon was born on December 8, 1934 in Long Beach, CA, a son of the late Richard and Helen (Perigo) Thomas.
On September 17, 1955, Vernon married Darlene M. Schubert, the love of his life. Vernon proudly served his country in the United States Army, retiring after twenty-two years of dedicated service as a Staff Sergeant. He refereed basketball and umpired baseball at Wilson Park and at the Army Depot. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Vernon loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Brazil and by his brother, Richard Thomas.
He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Darlene Thomas of Granite City, IL; loving children, Vernon (Tina) Thomas II of Granite City, IL and Angie (Dan) Gore of Pontoon Beach, IL; proud grandfather to Nicole (Spruce) Spruille, Joe Thomas, Jason (Tiffany) Kelsaw, Jennifer Daly, Joshua (Lauren) Nicholson, Christopher (Courtney) Nicholson, Savannah Lawn and Heather (Richard) Vazquez; proud great-grandfather to fourteen great-grandchildren; extended family and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates.
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