Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home

4150 East Third St, Bloomington, IN


Larry "Butch" Lex Thomas

July 16, 1945December 22, 2019

Larry “Butch” Lex Thomas, 74, of Bloomington died Sunday, December 22, 2019 in I.U. Health Hospice House. He was born July 16, 1945 in Linton to Lawrence R. Thomas and Metta L. Thomas. He was the owner of Larry Thomas Excavating.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Susan M. Hagemeier Thomas of Bloomington; a daughter, Sasha B. (husband Bobby G.) Davis of Bloomington; a son, Brent “Bubba” W. Thomas of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Kobe, Hallie and Annie Davis; a brother, Kenneth (wife Reba) Bradley Thomas; a sister, Linda Thomas Saks; and five nieces, Jackie (Brad) Jackson, Jodi Key, Jeri (Dave) Gossman, Darcie (Tom) Lawalin and Danielle Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memberships include North Central Church of Christ, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 841, Monroe County RC Club, Academy of Model Aeronautics and served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1967 – 1971. Butch was honest and humble, his eyes always told a story and you never left a conversation with him without a smile on your face. He loved visiting Disney World and going on Disney Cruises to the Caribbean; enjoyed going to the beach with friends; a connoisseur of sweets, especially pies and peaches; had a memorable sense of humor that could break through any tense situation; had a servants heart that looked for teachable moments; always looked for the laugh through his famous “Story Time” moments as his family all gathered around to listen with great intensity; LOVED his grandchildren with every ounce of his body up until the very end and had a deep bond with all three; included the phrase “God bless all the children of the world” in every prayer; believed in hard work and determination and impressed that upon his family; he always said “You never work a day in your life, if you love what you do”; and he loved his job because he got to play in the dirt every day.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, December 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E Third St with his son-in-law Bobby Davis officiating. Entombment will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens where the Monroe County Veterans Honor Guard will have Military Honors. Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM in the funeral home.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to North Central Church of Christ, 2121 N Dunn St, Bloomington, IN 47408 or I.U. Health Hospice House, C/O I. U. Health Foundation, PO Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402.


  • Brent Thomas, Pallbearer
  • Brad Thomas, Pallbearer
  • Bobby Davis, Pallbearer
  • Kobe Davis, Pallbearer
  • Rob Flynn, Pallbearer
  • Jake Flynn, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 30, 2019


Larry "Butch" Lex Thomas

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Bob Carter

December 30, 2019

I remember the days when we worked at Weddle Bros . Always enjoyed being around Butch knowing there would be a funny story and always a smile on his face.

Gene Goad

December 27, 2019

Served with Larry in the US Army Reserves. Great guy!!!! Run into him a few times in the past years, always happy mood. Obit says it all. Condolences to the family. Gene Goad

Connie Phares

December 26, 2019

Susan, we will not be in town for the visitation or funeral. I remember Butch, you and Sasha so many years ago when we worked at MCCSC. He was always so happy go lucky and his love for you and Sasha had no end. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and the family.

Janet Goswell

December 26, 2019

A wonderful gentle, gentleman. His huge heart was obvious and his love for his family was devotional. He will be fondly remembered by all those that knew him.

Mike Bucchi

December 26, 2019

Butch was such a dear friend. He and I shared a love for aviation. His face would light up whenever we started talking about flying either those real machines or the many models he had purchased over the years.

However, the one thing I will always associate with Butch was his love for banana pudding!! It all started when he did some work for us and as we were paying him, he asked for two of Marilyn's banana puddings in addition to the check. He definitely loved banana pudding!!

Larry Price

December 26, 2019

Larry was a good man that treated people with respect. I enjoyed working with him for several years and he always had a smile on his face.

Emily Hacker

December 24, 2019

I always looked forward to seeing Larry when he’d bring his dogs to me for grooming. We had such wonderful conversations. Whenever the cold weather set in we agreed it was time to move to the Bahamas!! I will miss him very much. Sending my condolences to Susan and the family.
Emily Hacker