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Andrew Michael Thomas, 27, of Jefferson City, formerly of Newton, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Jefferson City. Andrew, the son of James Thomas and Penny Jean (Van Gorp) Thomas-Alspaugh, was born December 18, 1983, in Newton, Iowa. He had lived in Newton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Holts Summit, Jefferson City, and Fulton. He attended school in Holts Summit and Jefferson City, and went on to attend Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Andrew devoted his life to his girls and was a tattoo artist. He was of a free spirit, enjoying tattoos, motorcycles and cage fighting. Those left to honor Andrew's memory include his daughters, Audrey Brooke Thomas and Skye Ann Thomas, both of Fulton; his mother, Penny Jean (Clyde) Alspaugh of Newton; his father, James Thomas of Jefferson City; his brothers, Christopher Thomas of Ankeny, Iowa, and Michael Thomas of Yuma, Ariz.; a sister, Lora (Thomas) Connley of Yuma, Ariz.; his maternal grandfather, James Van Gorp Sr.; his paternal grandmother, Gloria Thomas; and his many friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Ryan; his maternal grandmother, Virginia Van Gorp; and paternal grandfather, Wayne Thomas. A Time of Fellowship and Celebration of Andrew's life will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Pence~Reese Funeral Home in Newton, who has been entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be in the Newton Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in Andrew's name are being designated for saving accounts for his children and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.pencefh.com.
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