James G. Thomas
December 17, 1916 - August 10, 2012
Mr. James G. Thomas, age 95 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday, August 10, 2012, at his home. Jim was born December 17, 1916, in Pleasant Hill, Mo., the son of Elias and Sarah Kalaf Thomas. He was married on August 4, 1941, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Lucille Buersmeyer, who preceded him in death on January 5, 1999. A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Jim graduated from St. Peter High School and Justus Business College. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. American Shoe Store was founded in 1919 and Jim went into business with his father in the early 1930's. He served for over 80 years as partner, owner, and chairman of the board for both the Jefferson City and Columbia stores. He played football for the first Jefferson City Catholic high school at St. Peter High School and was very active in developing the Jefferson City Softball League in the late 1930's and 1940's. Jim served on the Founding Committee that built Helias Catholic High School. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph; a member of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Oliver Buehrle Post 17; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy Sone Post 1003; a charter member and founder of Meadow Lake Acres Country Club; an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus; a member and past president of the Jefferson City Optimist Club; a member and past president of the Jefferson City Downtown Assn.; a member of the Greater Jefferson City Committee; a member and past chairman of the Jefferson City Parking and Traffic Commission; a member of the board of directors of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce; and a director of Mutual Savings Bank. He was appointed as an Honorary Colonel on the Staff of Governor Warren E. Hearnes and was elected Man of the Year by the Jefferson City Jaycees and served as Grand Marshall of the Christmas Parade. During his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing golf. He played cards every Thursday at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club and loved to watch the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tiger football. Survivors include: one son, James J. Thomas and his wife Betsy of Jefferson City, Mo.; two daughters, Mary Ann Thomas-Slay and her husband David Wilkerson of Columbia, Mo. and Sara Thomas-Quinn and her husband Dan of Columbia, Mo.; one brother, Joe Thomas of Versailles, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Sarah Slay-Norden, Susan Slay, Synthia Slay-Wendell, Stephanie Slay, Robert Quinn, Michael Quinn, Luke Quinn, Julie Thomas McElwaine, Matthew Thomas and Andrew Thomas; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Louis Thomas; and one sister, Victoria Thomas Blaser. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2012, with a prayer service to be conducted at 12:30 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 13, 2012, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with the Reverend Monsignor Robert Kurwicki officiating. Graveside services and entombment with military honors will be conducted at the Mausoleum of Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, Mo. or Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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