Lewis Rader THOMAS
February 13, 1957 – June 6, 2019
Lewis Rader Thomas, 62, of Roeland Park, KS, died peacefully in his sleep at home, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. He was born in Kansas City on February 13, 1957. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Keri Thomas and his son Evan of the home, his daughter, Laurel Hayhome Petersen, of the Phoenix area, and his grandsons, Hunter and Travis, also of the Phoenix area. He was the youngest of four children born to Evans and Eileen Thomas, longtime Kansas City and Kimberling City, Missouri residents. His sisters, Debbie Stone, Daphne Williams, and brother, Larry Thomas; sister-in-laws Jodi (Chris) Barry and Lori Scarborough, along with many nieces and nephews, all survive and mourn his passing.
His abiding passions in life beyond family were cars and music. In his early grade and high school years he could be found on a dirt bike or playing his drums. Cars were more than a hobby. Early on he repaired and restored cars for a living. He also played drums locally in several bands and later moved to California to pursue the music business. While there, he supported his family by forming a successful IT Training Company.
Lewis became a Certified MicroSoft Professional, and after returning to Kansas City, ran his own large cable installation operation as a valued contractor to Time-Warner. Even during this successful time he was restoring classic cars for his friends and clients. He and his family also loved boating on Table Rock Lake, and spent many weekends with friends and family there.
Lewis was a gentle soul, and to meet him was to find a friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. The holes in our hearts are filled with his memories.
Many thanks to the Crossroads Hospice of Kansas Organization . They provided the backbone of love and support to the entire family for his last 10 months.
A private family gathering to celebrate his life will be held for Lewis in the near future.