Irvin G. Thomas Sr.
August 1, 1923 – July 11, 2018
Irvin G. Thomas Sr., 94 years of age died Wednesday July 11, 2018. He was born August 1, 1923 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Ray J. and Florence (Cogswell) Thomas and was the widower of Betty J. Thomas his wife of 67 years. Irvin was a printer for some 50 years and retired from the Lipps National Printing Company in 1988 after 28 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II., a past commander of Bonnie Sloan Post #28 American Legion, past Vice commander of district #8 American Legion, member of V.F.W .Post #1693 and longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Albany. Irvin was a recipient of the U. of L. Gold Standard award for optimal aging and celebrated his patriotism proudly throughout his entire life. He will be fondly remembered and missed by his family and many friends. Irvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and four siblings Malcom, Ed, Stanley, and Evelyn.
Survivors include eight children: Five sons; Irvin G. Jr. (Karen), John (Doreen), James (Connie), Patrick (Mary Anne), and Donald Thomas. Three daughters; Evelyn Arnold, Barbara Conrad (Keith), and Patricia Byerley (Ron). 24 grandchildren, 39 greatgrandchildren, and 20 great-greatgrandchildren. Visitation will be from: 11:00 am until 7:00 pm Sunday July 15th, and after 8:00 am Monday July 16th, at Kraft Funeral Service 708 E. Spring St. in New Albany. His Funeral Liturgy will be held 10:00 am Monday July 16th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Albany. Burial with Full Military Honors to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park 2776 Charlestown Rd. New Albany. Expressions of Sympathy to: Operation Comfort Warriors (through the American Legion).
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RaycieLynn Balderama (Quon)
July 16, 2018
I have a few memories of great grandpa Thomas . 1 that I hold dear to my hear is when I was maybe 5/6 years old and we were all at Ala Moana beach park when Him and great grandma came to visit us. I was swimming in maybe 3ft of water when I ended up being pushed into the deeper end by the current . I started to drown and thought that no one could here me crying out for help but out of no where great grandpa picked me up from my bathing suit and walked me back into the shore. I was so scared but felt so relief at the same time. Thank you for always watching over us even when you were so far away. We love you with our whole hearts and soul...Rest in paradise forever.
July 15, 2018
I remember seeing Mr. Thomas many mornings at Dairy Queen on Spring Street. I would be with Mom and Dad having breakfast and he would always stop and chat. He made me laugh. I would also stop by and see him at Harvest Homecoming. He was a talented woodworker.
My prayers go out to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.