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Randolph F. Thomas

December 28, 1923 - June 10, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Randolph F. Thomas, 85, of Springfield died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Pleasant Hill Village in Girard.

He was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Seyforth Myles and Helen O’Conner Thomas. He married Rita Rose Prehoda on Dec. 14, 1942; she preceded him in death on July 11, 2002.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen; and a brother, Seyforth Red.

He is survived by four daughters, Patricia (Jerome) Brooks of Springfield, Birdie Roberts of Waverly, Brenda Moser of Springfield, and Margaret (Robert) Gleeson of Auburn; a son, Lee Thomas (companion, Donna Vickery) of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sara Birdie Goby of Lawrence, Kan., and Pauline Katz of The Villages, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Randolph was a resident of Springfield since 1945.

He worked for Union Baker Local 147, retiring after 42 years at Mel-O-Cream. He formerly co-owned and operated Gold-N-Glow Donut Shop.

He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran, serving from 1942-45. He was a member of VFW Post 6871 in Petersburg and VFW Post 10302 in Springfield. He was a tinkerer and loved camping and spending time with his family.

A memorial gathering will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of memorial services at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Chaplin Howard Shockey officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer`s Association.

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