Earl F. Thomas, 84, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at Paoli Hospital, from COVID-19 complications.
Born May 15, 1936, in Middletown, he was a son of the late William D. Thomas and Hannah C. (Bollman) Thomas. He married the former Treva Rouser Nov. 4, 1956. They lived together outside of Norristown, returning to the Saxton area frequently to spend time with family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Treva, son Audie F. Thomas and wife Teresa, son Donald R. Thomas and wife Denise, daughter Jodi R. Ruser and husband Martin and daughter Kimberly K. Herman and husband James, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are a brother, Paul Thomas and sisters Naomi, “Tyke” Hennessy, Marlene Wise, Shirley DiGento, Fayetta Bollinger, Joanne Garst and Cathy Maslanik.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Merle, William and Robert Thomas, and sisters Dorothy (Thomas) Figard, Mildred (Thomas) Swope and Florine “Toot” (Thomas) Magee.
Mr. Thomas graduated from Saxton-Liberty High School in 1954.
He went on to own and operate Thomas Heating Oil for over 35 years. Customers will remember his reliability and compassion during difficult winters.
Mr. Thomas greatly valued community service, volunteering with the Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Co. and Audubon-Oaks Lions Club as a young man.
He was a Little League umpire for baseball and softball. He played in the Broad Top Old Timers Baseball league and was inducted into their hall of fame in 2017. Of his many volunteering roles, Mr. Thomas was particularly proud of his membership in Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Masonic Lodge 620, serving as the Grand Tall Cedar for 1988.
He also enjoyed playing and watching golf, football, and baseball, playing dominoes with friends and hosting cookouts for family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and active and giving community volunteer.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Oasis of Love Church in the Valley in Saxton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Those in attendance will be asked to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, state of Pennsylvania and the church regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Hospital of Philadelphia.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home Inc., 5010 Railroad Ave., Broad Top City.