Gerald W. Thomas, 82

AUG. 2, 1928-JULY 1, 2011

July 02, 2011
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Gerald William Thomas, 82, of Boonsboro, Md., passed peacefully from this life Friday, July 1, 2011, at his home.

Born Aug. 2, 1928, in Keedysville, Md., he was the son of the late Harry S. and Margaret Anna (Shifler) Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950.

In his early years, Gerald was an employee at Fairchild Industries and worked in construction. He retired in 1990 from Pangborn Corporation after 28 years of service.

He was formerly a member at Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville.

Mr. Thomas also was a member of AMVETS Post 10 in Hagerstown, Md., and Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown, Md.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda A. (Smith) Thomas; his daughter, Barbara S. and her husband, David Baker, of Boonsboro; his son, Michael L. Thomas Sr. of Boonsboro; seven grandchildren, David Baker and his wife, Etta, Cheryl Spielman and her husband, Brian, Lori Dodson and her husband, David, Mark Baker, Michael L. Thomas Jr. and his wife, Jess, Matthew Thomas and Alicia Thomas; and six great-grandchildren, Bobby, Zachary and Lane Baker, Abby and Gavin Spielman, and Colin Thomas.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his brother, James E. Thomas.

A funeral ceremony will be Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Kenneth J. Fizer Jr. will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Boonsboro Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by AMVETS Post 10 and the Marine Corps League of Hagerstown.

Friends are invited to visit beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, where the family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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