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Verne A. Thomas

10/15/1943 - 6/28/2020

PEORIA ~ Verne Alfred Thomas, 76, of Peoria, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Lakeside Nursing Home in East Peoria.

Born October 15, 1943 in Peoria, to Joseph and Helen “Doty” Thomas, he married Puangchuen on July 3, 1971 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa (Matt) Sciortino of Pekin, Angie (Jason) Wallace of Pekin; one son, Mark Thomas of Peoria; six grandchildren, Britny, Michael, Steven, Emily, Mattisan, Zander; two great-grandchildren, Anna, Stevie; two brothers, Joe (Janet) Thomas of Peoria, Bob Thomas of Washington.

His parents preceded him in death.

He worked as a civilian for the United States Army Recruiting Battalion retiring in 1992.

He was an avid acoustic guitar player. He enjoyed music and watching movies in his free time. He loved to be with his family and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, 2100 Pfingsten Rd, Glenview, IL 60026.

Online memorials may be left at www.apdaparkinson.org .

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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