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Merle J. Thomas
MasonryASCS Manager for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Merle
J. Thomas, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 at Marion General
Hospital. The Prospect area resident had been in failing health
for 12 years.
The Prospect native was born May 16, 1918, son of the late
Elliott M. and Ozella I. Thibaut Thomas. He married the former
Pauline R. Reiff June 1, 1940.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Prospect
Lodge #444 F & AM, Marion Shrine Club, Prospect K of P. Scottish
Rite, Prospect Lions Club, Farmers Union, Prospect Senior
Citizens and was a former high school basketball official.
Surviving are his wife, a son Lynn of Prospect, a daughter
Theresa J. Blinn of Ostrander, and 9 grandchildren. One son is
The Rev. Stephen F. Bull officiated funeral services Sunday,
Nov. 24 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial at Prospect
Cemetery followed cremation. Gehm-Ballinger Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements,
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Central Ohio Diabetes Association or Cerebral Palsy.

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