Walter Thomas, 63, of Vermillion, SD passed away Saturday, January 11 at his residence after a battle with cancer.
Walter was born Jan. 3, 1957 in Sidney, NE to Laverne and Rosemary (Peetz) Thomas. Walter attended school in Sidney and attended the University of Washington. He served in the Navy from 1975-1979 and married Becky Rivers on June 23, 1979. Walter was a Facility Engineer for Indian Health Services in South Dakota and Nebraska and an Ocean Engineer for the US Government in Washington state.
He is survived by his wife, Becky, of Vermillion; a son, Derek, two daughters, Shawnet Palmer and Rashaun Puthoff, all of Sioux Falls; his mother, Rosemary Thomas and siblings, Timothy (Becky) Thomas of Sidney, Cheryl (Jim) Montgomery of Kearney, NE, Sharon Thomas of Sidney, Chris (Pat) Dolan of Kearney, Kathy (John) Bartling of Douglas, WY and Douglas (Tonya) Thomas of Gehring, NE. Grandchildren, Corbin, Zoe, Dexter, Teylie, Alex, Emily and Natalie.
He was preceded in death by his father, his paternal grandparents, Arno and Minnie Thomas; and his maternal grandparents, Frank and Bertha Peetz.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. HansenFuneralHome.com.