Richard Allen Thomas

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Richard Allen Thomas, 75, passed away Friday, December 05, 2008 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a vice-president of Data Processing with Midwestern United Life Insurance Co., retiring in 1988. He graduated from DePauw University and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He received the Channel 15 WHO CARE Volunteer Service Award 2000. He made 874 trips to Shrine Hospitals transporting children. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Scottish Rite, Maumee Lodge #725 F. & A. M., Moose Lodge #1351 LaGrange, IN, Mizpah Shrine, American Legion Post #47, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He enjoyed traveling and fishing. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jane C. Thomas of Fort Wayne; son, Gregory (Amanda) Thomas of Garrett; daughter, Nancy J. (Jonathan) Cook of Auburn; son, Brad (Heidi) Thomas of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Austin, Dylan, and MaryLynne; sister, Janice (Jan Roskam) Barron of Lawrence, KS. Service is 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Pastor Norm Conklin officiating. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Shriner's Children Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60635.