H.P. “Tom” Thomas, 89
H.P. “Tom” Thomas, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation in Medford. He was 89 years old. He was born on July 11, 1929, in Villa Rica, Georgia a son of Horace and Berlie (Anderson) Thomas. He married Vivian Halama in September of 1961, in Antigo. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2004.
He was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Thomas entered the United States Air Force in 1950 and served until retiring in July 1972 with the rank of Master Sgt. He saw active duty during the Vietnam war and had been stationed in South Carolina, Alaska, Duluth, Minnesota, West Germany, Syracuse, New York and the Radar Base at Antigo.
Following his military career Tom worked at the Cutlass Motor Lodge in Antigo for 20 years. He moved to Medford in 2009 to be near his daughter.
He was a life member of the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3, Antigo and the Leland -Tollefson Veterans of Foreign War Post #2653, Antigo, and the Community United Church of Christ in Medford.
Survivors include a daughter, Randi (Dan) Hirt, Medford; two granddaughters Erin & Kelli Hirt; three sisters-in-law, Connie Thomas, Kingston, Tennessee, Beverly Halama, Antigo, Janet Curtis, Antigo; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Thomas, a sister, Elaine McKee.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Community United Church of Christ in Medford with Rev. Mary Jo Laabs officiating.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. A second visitation will be held at the Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 12 to 1 p.m. followed by burial with military honors at Elmwood Cemetery in Antigo.