Wakita-Funeral service for John S. Thomas, 74, will be Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Wakita First Christian Church. Burial will follow at Wakita Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday only from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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John was born on April 11, 1942 in Enid to Sherman Evan Thomas and Martha Williams Thomas and passed from this life on October 30, 2016 in Oklahoma City. John graduated from Wakita High School in 1960 and from OU in 1964. Immediately after college he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He saw active duty in Germany and Vietnam. After active duty he enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Reserves. He finished with the military with the rank of Colonel. When he was released from active duty, he started and graduated from OU Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree. He set up a private law firm in Enid, and it was open for over forty years. He was a huge fan of high school and college football, especially OU football. He attended his last OU football game in 2014.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Thomas; his son, John Evan Thomas; grandson, Gavin Sherman Thomas; stepdaughters, Kristy Tipton and husband, John and Leslie Friend; step grandsons, Justin and Josh Johnson; nephew, Doug Seely; brother-in-law, Jerry Seely and his children, Doug and Ashley and many other relatives and friends.
Those who preceded him in death include his parents and his sister, Mary Ann Thomas Seely.
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Please accept our most sincere condolences at this sad time. John was a great man and was always so kind and helpful. We will never forget how he went above and beyond helping us after Bob passed away. We sure had a lot of wonderful talks in the Knox building! He has now been healed and is walking the gorgeous streets of gold. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. God Bless You.
Tess, Klista and Brad
I will truly miss you John. You were a great friend to me and many others in the military. If I ever wanted to find one of our friends from Germany or Vietnam, I could call you and you had all the latest news. I believe you never met anyone you didn\'t like. I\'m sure they will miss you as much as I will. This is so hard to believe. We just talked on the phone the 18th of September.
Our thoughts and thoughts and prayers to your family at the loss of John.
AK, Shirley Armstrong
Myke and I want to express our sympathy to the family and friends. He was a friend of John\'s as well as a client for many years. God bless you all. John will be greatly missed.
Myke and Pam Lhotka
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