James "Jim" H. Thomas
July 8, 1941 – July 15, 2021
Funeral Mass for James H. “Jim” Thomas, 80, of Killeen, will be 9:00 AM Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by the committal with military honors at 11:00 am at the Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery. All are invited to attend.
It is with great sadness that we announce Blue Bell Ice Cream has lost its most loyal customer.
James H. “Jim” Thomas, drew his last breath surrounded by his wife and children Thursday, July 15, 2021. It’s not easy to sum up an 80-year well lived life in a couple of paragraphs, but I will try.
Ret. 1st SGT Thomas proudly served his country in the US Army and was a decorated veteran. He served in the Vietnam war and spent 26 years on active duty. Jim was born July 8, 1941 in Paso Robles, CA. When Jim was 16, his mother signed the documents that allowed him to join the Army. His basic training soon started at Fort Hood, TX. He would go on to serve in the Vietnam War with some of his closest friends. For Jim that was an honor. After serving in Vietnam, Jim’s army career led him to many different duty stations all over the United States and abroad, to include Germany and Korea, two countries that became close to his heart. During his time in Korea, he met and fell in love with Keum Ja Jung. The happy couple married in 1962 and their marriage spanned over 60 years. Keum Ja was the love of his life and he would often say her cooking was pretty good too. Well, that is until he was diagnosed with diabetes, and then he complained loudly to all that she kept him on a diet of boiled chicken and vegetables. We are positive that the pale, tasteless chicken contributed to his quick weight loss. Or it may have been the ban on Blue Bell ice cream in the house. We will never know.
Jim went on to start another career after he retired from the military at the Apache Craft Shop. He often said if you loved what you were doing you weren’t really working. While most seniors shied away from new technology, he fully embraced it, as attested to by the number of viruses he would get on his computers. He didn’t really care about the social network side, but he absolutely loved funny YouTube videos. He said they were educational. Jim was an artist at heart and loved creating things, mentoring, and meeting new soldiers and their families. He retired after 35 years of civil service employment to take care of his wife, whose eyesight was failing. Family was what was most important to him, he was a good and kind husband, father, and friend. Jim and his wife were members of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church where he was a tireless and selfless volunteer. He was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, part of the marriage prep team, and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. If you knew Jim, you knew how important his walk with Christ was and that he had a servant’s heart. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Chris, his grandson, Jimmy, his parents and by his brother Mike. He is survived by his wife Keum Ja; children Christine (Paul), Richard, Faie (Ron), and Tina (Mike); grandchildren Marion, Thomas, Justine, and Jasmin; great-grandchildren; Jayden, Malachi, Jameson, Rafael, and Jordyn. We take comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with Chris and Jimmy.
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com for the Thomas family.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Committal Service with Military Honors
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
James "Jim" H. Thomas
July 29, 2021
Grandpa (Papa) was one of the greatest men I've ever known, as well as being the greatest grandfather. His life was a celebration and embodiment of all he held dear: family, God, and country. There are no words to sufficiently describe the devastation and loss I feel over his passing, but I know that he would want me to celebrate his life and remember all the love, joy, and laughter from our time together. I will always remember riding on the back of his motorcycle, or secretly driving to Dairy Queen, to get ice cream cones in the summer and fishing off the coast with Oma, my brother and him. I remember all of the driving lessons he gave us when we were young, and all of the laughter that ensued from our attempts to not crash his red Toyota. There are too many memories to describe but each one is filled with so much life, love, smiles (smils) and laughter.
Grandpa, you will always be loved and never forgotten.
Father Sunny Sebastian
July 24, 2021
I express my sincere condolences and prayers to Keum Ja and all children and grandchildren and all those who came to know and love Jim. I came to know both Jim & Kim Ja in 1998 whien I worked as associate pastor at St.Joseph's , Killeen. Since then they have been in touch with me. The last time I visted them in Kileen was in 2010. May his soul rest in Peace.
Father Sunny Sebastian, Vicar Forane (Dean, Haldimand Deanery )
St.Michael the Archangel parish
Dunnville, Ontario, Canada