Roy Eldon Thomas was born July 23rd, 1921 in Kansas City MO to Walter and Lillian Thomas. They soon moved to St. Joseph MO where Roy attended elementary school, moving back to Kansas City when he was 11 years old. He attended Milton Moore Grade School, Central Jr. and Central Sr. High School, graduating in 1938. After high school he attended one year of Findley Engineering College and held several jobs until World War II started. He enlisted in the Navy in February of 1942 and was discharged September, 1945 as a Chief Petty Officer. During WWII he served as a radar repairman at the Naval Air Station in Atlantic City, New Jersey and an aviation radio technician at the Marine Corps Air Station in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, repairing radio and radar sets for mostly Navy fighter planes.
After the war Roy held various jobs until serving 5 years in training as a boilermaker, then working as a boilermaker-welder for 15 years at Woodley Boiler Shop. He went to work at the Chevrolet Plant in Leeds as a Maintenance Welder and retired from there after 21 years.
He became a Christian in 1933 and was a member of the Linwood-Oakwood Baptist Church for over 50 years. Then he became a member of First Baptist Church Independence. During his time as a Baptist he taught Bible classes for adults until he was 90 years old. He also served as an ordained Deacon ministering in numerous ways.
Roy loved music and sang bass in high school choirs, church choirs and men’s quartets – even singing in the Navy Choir when stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Air Station.
He enjoyed several hobbies including becoming an Amateur Radio Operator in 1957. His call letters were K0OSI. He communicated with other ham radio operators around the world and had lasting friendships with many of them.
He always said the greatest thing that ever happened to him was when the good Lord gave Helen LaRhue Goe to him for his great and gracious and lovable wife in August 1943. They celebrated their 70 wedding anniversary in 2013.
Along with wife Helen who survives of the home, other survivors include daughter, Deanna K. Price (Bill) of Blue Springs, MO; son, David M. Thomas (Cathy) of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Ruth Armstrong of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren: Kelly Price of Lee’s Summit, MO, Christy Blaney (Erik) of Blue Springs, MO, Carrie Baker (Jay) of Blue Springs, MO, Joshua Thomas (Wendy) of Kansas City, MO, Ashley Batson (Lonnie) of Blue Springs, MO, Emily Jones (Allen) of Overland Park, KS; great-grandchildren: Tyler Blaney, Kimberly Blaney, Jackson Baker, Mason Baker, Colby Baker, Taylor Lindsey, Kaylee Thomas, Levi Batson. Roy is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lila Baker. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Memorial Service for Roy will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the First Baptist Church Independence in Independence, MO. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at the church. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House or the First Baptist Church Independence of Independence. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Roy and Condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.