Orville J. Thomas, age 96, of Blue Rapids, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Community Memorial Hospital in Marysville.

Viewing will be from Noon to 8:00 pm, Wednesday at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville, where Orville’s family will receive guests from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.

Funeral services are planned for 11:00 am, Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Church of Christ in Marysville with Dennis Holst officiating. Congregational hymns to be sung include, “Home Of The Soul”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “It Is Well With My Soul”. Casket Bearers include Dave Sanner, Lyle Brooks, Richard Spunaugle, Dan Hooyer, Ray Oehm, Jr., and Kenneth Steinfort. Burial will be at Marysville City Cemetery with military honors presented by the SMN&R Post 163 of the American Legion in Marysville.

Orville was born October 11, 1920 in Rural Blue Rapids. He is the son of Lewis H. and Bertha A. (Worthington) Thomas. He graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1939. After high school he worked for the Civil Conservation Corps until he joined the US Army in 1942. He became a sergeant and served as a chemical warfare instructor in the US Army Air Corps until the end of WWII. On November 22, 1943, he married Ila Marie Fletcher at Westmoreland. They are the parents of Sheryll, Darlene and Joyce.

Orville had worked at Bestwall/Georgia Pacific until retiring in 1987. He had served as the President of the GP Union for many years. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Marysville. He belonged to the CCC Camp in Marysville, was a member of the Blue Rapids Lions Club, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Marysville. He loved the outdoors especially gardening, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed attending the Blue Rapids High School Alumni banquets.

Orville was preceded in death by his wife Ila of seventy years, his parents, and three brothers; Harold Thomas, Donald Thomas and Dale Thomas.

Survivors include his three daughters; Sheryll (Dean Morris) Michael of Kansas City, Missouri, Darlene (Melvin, Jr.) Haller of Randolph, and Joyce (Larry) Fleming of St. George, a sister in law Cleo Fletcher of Omaha, Nebraska and Marilyn Fletcher of Topeka, and six grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.

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