VeteranSidney Thomas

Sidney M. Thomas, 86, of Vermont died at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2004, at Wesley Village in Macomb.

He was born March 1, 1918, in Vermont, a son of Brett H. and Nettie Hamm Thomas. He married Esther Louise Anderson on May 18, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. She died July 26, 1998.

He also was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Surviving are two sons, Sidney H. (and Marion) Thomas, and Lowell Kent (and Nancy) Thomas, both of Vermont; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Julian (and Maxine) Thomas of Galesburg, Edwin (and Annette) Thomas of Joliet, David (and Ann) Thomas of Springfield, and Pierre (and Marguerite) Thomas of Florida.

He worked at Bader Implement Co. for several years. He then worked for the Ken-Ray Brass Foundry in Vermont, retiring in the 1970s.

He was an army staff sergeant in World War II, serving with Squadron N, 3505 AAFBU.

He was secretary/treasurer for the United Auto Workers local labor union at Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont and was a member of Vermont American Legion Post 26.

He was a lifetime member of Vermont United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for over 28 years. He also served on the church board and as a lay minister.

Services will be held Thursday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Vermont United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindy Rettig officiating. Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Vermont Cemetery. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Vermont United Methodist Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/10/2004

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