Keith Alan Thomas
October 30, 1953 – February 16, 2021
Keith Alan Thomas born October 30, 1953, passed away on February 16, 2021 with family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Cindy Thomas, sons Daniel (Victoria) Thomas and Noah (Allie) Thomas and granddaughter Amelia; siblings Stanley (Jane) Thomas and Charlotte (David) Richardson. He is preceded in death by siblings Steven and Jackie.
A graduate of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Keith was a longtime employee of Conner Prairie where his passion for history and woodworking were a perfect match for his creative mind. He helped build and maintain many exhibits enjoyed by visitors year after year, including many in the children’s and hands-on areas. His recent work included many items for the annual Headless Horseman event. He was incredibly proud of his work and loved seeing others enjoy things that he created.
Keith was also a passionate Colts and Pacers fan. He and Cindy rarely missed a game, and were season ticket holders of both for many years. He spoke fondly of attending Pacers games with his late father Harold beginning in the 1960s at the old Fairgrounds Colosseum. When his son Daniel was young, they would go to basketball card shows together, amassing a large and unique card collection of their favorite player, Reggie Miller. At Colts games, Keith had a bit of a trademark crazy-hair hat, that fans in his section would rub for good luck. It even worked, occasionally.
Keith was always generous with this time and willingness to help others, and wouldn’t hesitate to put aside something he personally needed to do in order to help a family member or friend with anything they needed. He will be missed dearly, but fondly remembered by all.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be held Saturday May 15, 2021 at The Woodland Hall at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana 46038, from 1 to 3:30 pm. There will be a time of sharing memories from family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honor to Conner Prairie’s Youth Programs or a charity of your choice.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Thomas family.
- Harold Thomas, Father (deceased)
- Edna (McCormick) Thomas, Mother (deceased)
- Steven Thomas, Brother (deceased)
- Jackie Thomas, Sister (deceased)
- Stanley Thomas (Jane), Brother
- Charlotte Richardson (David), Sister
- Cynthia Thomas, Wife
- Daniel Thomas (Victoria), Son
- Noah Thomas (Allie), Son
- Amelia Thomas, Granddaughter
- Conner Prairie’s Youth Programs
Celebration of Life
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Keith Alan Thomas
May 7, 2021
I remember Keith as a kind, hard working gentleman who was always willing to answer questions and help others...guests or fellow employees. His smile, kindness and hard work will be greatly missed. You are all blessed to have had this gentleman in your life....and so was I.
Worker/volunteer at Conner Prairie
February 28, 2021
Keith will be missed by many. The baby of 5 Thomas kids, he was, of course, a spoiled child! :-) Fortunately, Keith picked up Daddy's and Grandpa Thomas' love of woodworking. He loved tools, he loved to tell everybody how it was done and would gladly give instructions...very detailed instructions! Keith loved to talk! He had the gift of gab. (since birth, I think!) :-) God bless Cindy and the boys. I always thought us kids would die in order, so this just doesn't seem right. But a loving God knows best. It must have been time for another carpenter in heaven. In the picture, it's Charlotte, Keith, Steve, (top) Stanley and Jackie.
February 24, 2021
Keith and I often worked together at Conner Prairies overnight camping programs back in the mid 1980 and on through the '90's.
He had such a wry sense of humor and such knowledge. May God rest his soul.
February 22, 2021
Cindy, Daniel, and Noah: I feel fortunate to have had Keith as a colleague at Conner Prairie for so many years. I am in awe of his ability to design and build things. He was so creative and truly a master craftsman. I also appreciated his knowledge of nature and his dedication to providing educational experiences for guests. I will remember him as a kind and thoughtful friend and colleague. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.