LT COL William L. Thomas U.S. Air Force (Ret)

April 6, 1920September 1, 2013

LT COL William L. Thomas, U.S. Air Force (ret.), age 93, passed away September 1, 2013. He was born on April 6, 1920 in Washington, DC. He was a loving husband; father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed. He joined the National Guard at the age 17, and then joined the regular Army after Pearl Harbor. In October 1944, his plane was shot down over Cologne, Germany and he became a prisoner of war. He served in Vietnam as well. He retired from the Air Force in 1972.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Marie Arneson; father, William L. Thomas; brother, Robert Leroy “Mike” Thomas; 1st wife, Doris Adelene Lindsay; and son, Stephen William Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Chatkoaw Thomas; 4 children, Tera Thomas, William L. Thomas, Laura A. Thomas and Thanet Thomas; and 1 granddaughter, Connie Frazier.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be 9:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the San Antonio Humane Society: or Hummingbird Farm:


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 13, 2013

LT COL William L. Thomas U.S. Air Force (Ret)

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Bree Jones

October 23, 2013

Mr.Thomas became a very special friend to me he will be greatly missed I wish I could of meet him earlier in life!! He was truly a great person with a big heart & a wonderful smile im goin to miss u Mr.T :'(

Neil Williams

September 10, 2013

I first met Bill when I joined the Woodlawn/Greater San Antonio Camera Club and he was always such a fascinating man to talk with--and many of his photographs were breathtaking. He has been sorely missed (as Harold noted) and will be forever missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

September 7, 2013

My husband,Leland, and I knew Bill for many years in the Woodlawn/Greater San Antonio Camera Club. He was such a great nature photographer! He gave me a print of a photo of the SA Botanical Center which he took several years ago. This photo will always remind me of a very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ROSA LEE CLARY

Marion Caldwell

September 5, 2013

I didn't know Colonel Thomas, however, I can tell that he was a unique person and we owe him tremendous gratitude for his service to this country. It's always sad to lose one of the "greatest generation." Go with GOD.

Harold Eiserloh

September 5, 2013

Bill's photographs of Ducks and Butterflies usually won first place in Nature competition at Woodlawn/Greater San Antonio Camera Club. We have already misssed him the last few years when he dropped out because he could not drive at night to attend the meetings. May his family know that he lived a full life.