Vernon S. Thomas
December 19, 1929 -- January 9, 2021
Vernon S. Thomas, 91, of Middlebury, died at 9:27 am, on Saturday, January 9
at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born on December 19, 1929, in
Middlebury, to Sam and Lizzie (Yoder) Thomas. On February 22, 1953, in
Townline Mennonite Church, he married Dorothy Mae Kropf; she died
December 6, 2020. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley (Merlin) Miller of
Middlebury, Doris (Thomas) Johns of Topeka; five sons, Larry Thomas,
Richard (Trula) Thomas, Norman Thomas, Don (Cheryl) Thomas, Mark
(Susan) Thomas all of Middlebury; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren;
sister, Edna Thomas of Goshen; brother, Orval Thomas of Grabill. He was
preceded in death by his wife; parents; one granddaughter; four sisters,
Irene Yoder, Ella Thomas, Diana Mast, Orpha Troyer; three brothers, Henry,
Ralph, and Melvin Thomas. Vernon was a farmer and a member of Townline
Mennonite Church. He was a lifetime member of the National Holstein
Association and the Elkhart County Holstein Directors. He served on the
Elkhart County Dairy Board and the Elkhart County DHIA Board for more
than 20 years. Vernon and Dorothy helped many years at the Gospel Echoes
Auction and oversaw the pancakes and sausage breakfast at the Michiana
Mennonite Relief Sale. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00
pm on Tuesday, January 12 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street, Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 11:00
am funeral service on Wednesday, January 13 at Townline Mennonite
Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Andrew Eversole.
Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given
to Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry. The family and funeral home encourage
anyone attending the services please wear a face covering.
~ ~ ~ ~ Online Condolences ~ ~ ~ ~
From: Sara Baker
So sorry to hear this about your dad, so soon after your mom passed. You
are in my prayers.
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From: Alvin Yoder
Condolence: I have fond memories of uncle Vernon. His gracious spirit,
engaging with others, interested in others... He life, words, and actions
affirmed and encouraged others.
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From: Ernie Miller
Our sympathies go out to your family. He stands out as a solid faithful
guy. He was always friendly and interested in what we were doing and
giving good advice when we asked. Losing both parents in such a short
time must be hard and we feel with you that pain. We trust Gods grace as
our parents taught us. Blessings...
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From: Ralph and Patty Eash
So sorry to hear of Vernon's passing so soon after Dorothy. Our thoughts
and prayers are with the family.