Steven J. Thomas, 58, passed away at his home in Great Bend on July 24, 2015. Steve was born on July 1, 1957, at Hutchinson, to Glen L. and Patty L. (Herndon) Thomas. He grew up in Lebanon, Kansas, and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1975. In 1976 he moved to Great Bend and attended Barton County Community College, where he obtained an Associate of Science degree.
He was united in marriage to Sheena Graham on Sept. 28, 1980, at Great Bend. They later divorced. Over the years Steve worked for several Great Bend area businesses, including Fuller Brush Company, Dowell Schlumberger, Great Bend Manufacturing, 3-D Lumber Company, Kiowa Kitchen, Godfather’s Pizza and Pizza Hut, and at the time of his death was an automation consultant for the Central Kansas Library System, where he had been employed for the past 27 years.
Steve was a longtime member of the Kansas Library Association and had a passion for photography, poetry and Renaissance Festivals.
Survivors include two sons, Michael S. (and his wife, Amber) Thomas and James R. (and his wife, Toni) Thomas, both of Great Bend; seven grandchildren, Sophie, Aeva, Phoebe, Gracelinn, Gabriel, Christian and Rose Thomas; his mother, Patty L. Thomas of Great Bend; one brother, Douglas (and his wife, Jeannea) Thomas of Lebanon; and his ex-wife, Sheena Thomas of Great Bend. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Charter Funerals in Great Bend. Graveside committal service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Price Cemetery near Lebanon. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Charter Funerals in Great Bend. Memorials may be designated to the Barton County Relay For Life or the Great Bend Public Library. Online condolences may be left and a complete obituary notice viewed at http://www.charterfunerals.com/locations/great-bend.php.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 26, 2015